Name: Laura Assanmal
Program: Sociology of Education
Research Interests: Restorative justice, abolition education, Central American youth, undocumented students and students with interrupted formal education
Principal Advisor(s): L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy
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 the educational outcomes of newly arrived Central American youth in New York City. Additionally, she writes, thinks and intends to research restorative justice, abolition education, and non-carceral approaches to harm.
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 CUNY Lehman College, the Washington Office on Latin America, and tutored newly arrived immigrants at Brooklyn International High School.