Alexandra Freidus and Sarah Kabay, doctoral students at NYU Steinhardt, are the recipients of the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation fellowships. The $27,500 award supports scholars whose dissertations bring a fresh perspective on education. Freidus’ dissertation focuses on schools in New York City; Kabay’s topic is universal education in Uganda.
Alexandra Freidus’ dissertation is Race, Class, and Belonging: Desegregating Schools in Gentrifying New York. A doctoral candidate in urban education, Freidus uses qualitative methods to better understand racially, socioeconomically, and culturally diverse schools. She studies how community stakeholders conceptualize student diversity, how school and district administrators enact educational policy, and how these local contexts relate to schools’ central work of teaching and learning. Her research has been published in Urban Education, The Teacher Educator, and Humanity and Society.
Sarah Kabay’s dissertation, Universal Primary Education in Uganda: Rethinking Access vs. Quality, explores the relationship between access and quality in Ugandan primary education. A doctoral candidate in international education, she conducts research that focuses on primary school, early childhood education, and how education fits into a greater development and social change framework.
Kabay has lived in Uganda and worked with Innovations for Poverty Action conducting randomized controlled trials of developmental interventions. She currently collaborates with schools, NGOs, local government officials, and other education stakeholders in Uganda, conducting research and disseminating findings.
Kabay serves as a research affiliate of NYU Steinhardt’s Global TIES for Children: Transforming Intervention Effectiveness and Scale.