Zitsi Mirakhur is a Research Associate at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. Dr. Mirakhur is a quantitative researcher, with training in demographic methods. Her work at the Research Alliance focuses on examining the factors that contribute to inequality for historically underserved New York City students. She was awarded the AERA Outstanding Publication Applied Research Award for her work in Persisting Students: Exploring the Pathways and Outcomes of Students Who Don't Graduate in Four Years, But Remain Enrolled in NYC High Schools.
For her dissertation research, Dr. Mirakhur used data from the Educational Longitudinal Study of 2002 and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent to Adult Health (Add Health) to examine the association between peer homophily (i.e., the sharing of demographic features among friends) and high school students’ trajectories to college. She has also studied the correlation between high school poverty and students’ college persistence and graduation outcomes. While working as a research assistant on a project based out of Loyola University, Dr. Mirakhur examined the drivers of school success in New Orleans’ rapidly evolving K-12 educational landscape.
Earlier in her career, Dr. Mirakhur worked as a high school science teacher in New Orleans. This experience increased her awareness of the need for thoughtful, rigorous, and relevant educational research. While in graduate school, she was a faculty member at the Princeton University Preparatory Program, which provides academic and cultural enrichment for high-achieving, low-income high school students in the greater Trenton, NJ area.
Dr. Mirakhur studied Demography and Social Policy, and earned her Ph.D at Princeton University. She also holds a B.A. in Comparative Human Development from The University of Chicago.