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Ramy Abbady is a second-year doctoral student in the Social of Education program. They were awarded a three-year fellowship in 2021. Ramy's research interests center on how student loans and tuition policies connect to wealth inequality, with a specific focus on the racial wealth gap. Prior to starting their PhD, Ramy received a B.A. in educational studies from Vassar College and M.A. in higher education and student affairs from the University of San Francisco. Ramy worked in higher education for four years in the areas of residential life, academic advising, and STEM administration. 

Berta Bartoli is a 1st year doctoral student at NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She received a four-year IES-PIRT fellowship in 2021. She is interested in studying educational policies; how they can be gamed by students, parents, and even educators; and how policy gaming can affect student outcomes, like learning and motivation, in the short- and long-term. Her interests are inspired by her experiences growing up in Venezuela and her research endeavors studying the Ghanaian education system. Prior to joining the program, she worked as a research assistant for professors Sharon Wolf and Michael Nakkula on projects related to parental engagement in Ghana and curricular reform in Nicaragua, and a data analyst at Steppingstone Scholars in Philadelphia. She has a B.A. in Economics and International Affairs from Northeastern University and an M.S.Ed. in Statistics, Measurement, and Assessment from the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education. 

Sohini Das is a doctoral student and IES-PIRT fellow in the Psychology and Social Intervention program. She sees research as a tool to support the development and sustainability of critically caring, anti-racist, anti-oppressive educational spaces with and for Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and API youth. Her research focuses on 1. exploring how youth of color negotiate, and particularly resist, intersectional stereotypes within their families, peers, schools, and beyond and 2. Developing, evaluating, and refining sustainable anti-racist, anti-oppressive change in schools by employing abolitionist pedagogy, healing justice, and transformative justice in partnership with youth, families, community organizers, and educators. 

Spenser Gwozdzik is a 4th year doctoral student at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and a doctoral fellow at the NYU Furman Center. He received an IES-PIRT fellowship in 2018. He is interested in the ways that education and housing policy interact in the urban environment with a particular focus on the educational outcomes of students living in subsidized housing. He has an AB in Public Policy from Duke University and an AM in Urban Education policy from Brown University. Prior to attending NYU, he spent three years working as a research associate with the Tennessee State Board of Education, where he primarily focused on teacher preparation and related issues.

Jo King is a 1st year doctoral student at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service and received a 4-year IES-PIRT fellowship in 2021. Jo’s research interests lie at the intersection of education, crime, and inequality, with their recent work focusing on the undesirable impacts of layoff events on disciplinary incidence in middle high schools and the efficacy of unemployment insurance in mitigating these impacts. Jo is also interested in evaluating policies and interventions that best support academic achievement and equity for K-12 LGBTQ+ students. Jo graduated with a BA in Economics from Western Washington University in 2020, followed by an MA in Economics from Miami University’s Farmer School of Business in 2021.

Ben Le is a first-year doctoral students in the Sociology of Education program in the department of Applied Statistics, Social Science, and Humanities.

Kaitlyn O’Hagan is a doctoral student at the Wagner School of Public Service. Her goal is to conduct research that informs and improves how districts allocate resources and structure the education system, particularly for underserved students. Kaitlyn's research advisor is Leanna Stiefel, and their current work examines how policy differentially impacts students with disabilities. Other ongoing projects include research on the distribution of funding for school infrastructure improvements in NYC and the impact of this funding on student outcomes. Prior to attending NYU, Kaitlyn was a Senior Financial Analyst at the New York City Council, where she was responsible for analyzing and reporting on the City’s $33 billion Department of Education expense budget and the $50 billion citywide capital budget. Kaitlyn earned her MPA from the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at CUNY Baruch and her BA in History from the Macaulay Honors College at CUNY Hunter.

Andrew Weaver is a 4th year doctoral candidate in the Literacy Education program in the Department of Teaching & Learning at NYU Steinhardt. He received a two-year IES-PIRT fellowship in 2018 and a one-year continuation in 2021. He is interested in the factors affecting literacy development for multilingual students, particularly how peer relationships foster language and literacy development for multilingual students in early adolescence. Andrew received a B.S. in Psychology from Santa Clara University and a M.Ed. from Southern Methodist University. He has 3 years of experience working in the Dallas Independent School District, including 2 years as a 6th grade ELAR teacher.


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