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Laura Assanmal Sociology of Education PhD student

Laura Assanmal

Sociology of Education PhD Student

Name: Laura Assanmal 


Program: Sociology of Education 

Research Interests: Central American youth, undocumented students and students with interrupted formal education, translanguaging, urban education, and educational inequity. 

Principal Advisor(s): L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy

Research description/bio:

Laura is a Ph.D. student in Sociology of Education at NYU Steinhardt’s School of Culture, Education and Human Development. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Social Research & Public Policy with a minor in Political Science from NYU Abu Dhabi in 2021. 

Born and raised in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, she is interested in immigrants’ education, translanguaging pedagogy and the educational outcomes of newly arrived Central American youth in New York City. At NYU Abu Dhabi, Laura was involved in institutional efforts to provide comprehensive educational opportunities for migrant and contracted university staff. She has worked with ENLACE (Engaging Latino Communities for Education) at the Bronx Institute at Lehman College, the Washington Office on Latin America, and tutored newly arrived immigrants at Brooklyn International High School. 

Laura plans to center her research on community-based and participatory ethnographic approaches and critical race theory. 

Twitter: @lau_assanmal