Name: Sophia Bolt
Program: Sociology of Education
Research Interests: Racial equity in schools, anti-racist education, decolonizing education, culturally responsive education, critical consciousness development, critical race theory, critical whiteness studies
Principal Advisor(s): Fabienne Doucet & Lisa Stulberg
Dissertation Title: Confronting Whiteness Among the Privileged
Sophia is a sixth year PhD candidate in Sociology of Education program. Using ethnographic methods, her dissertation research focuses on anti-racist education and the development of white students' critical consciousness. Since the summer of 2016, she has worked at NYU’s Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Transformation of Schools as a graduate assistant for the Center for Strategic Solutions (CSS) team. Working on the CSS team with schools and districts in NYC and beyond while studying educational inequity in her doctoral classes has been an invaluable experience; seeing theory put to practice has underscored the importance and challenges of the work. She is excited to continue her dissertation research and serving the CSS team as they work to foster anti-racist practices and policies in education spaces and beyond, confronting the impact of race, power, and privilege in the work folx do.
Before beginning her doctoral studies, Sophia received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of San Diego and worked as a teacher’s aide in several schools in the San Diego area.