AERA Announces 2017–18 Minority Dissertation Fellows
AERA Announces 2017–18 Minority Dissertation Fellows

June 2017

AERA has announced the recipients of the 2017–18 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellowship in Education Research and Travel Awards. The program, targeted for members of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in education research, offers dissertation fellowships to outstanding minority graduate students and provides mentoring and guidance toward the completion of their doctoral studies. An important aim of the fellowship is to enhance the diversity of faculty, scholars, and researchers in the field of education research.

The fellows’ scholarship and research address important questions in education research across several disciplines, including history, psychology, and sociology. The six new fellows and six travel awardees are in the final stages of their dissertation research across a broad range of topics in education research.

This year’s funded projects examine areas such as children’s experiences in early childhood education, literacy among marginalized youth, success in mathematics, and adolescent identity. Many of the studies examine educational issues among racial and ethnic minority students, their communities, and their schooling. These studies use a variety of theoretical frameworks and engage a range of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed research methods. It is anticipated that these studies will make a significant contribution to education research and policy as well as inform teachers, clinicians, and other practitioners who work with children, youth, and young

2017-2018 AERA Minority Dissertation Fellows in Education and Travel Awardees


Doctoral Institution

Dissertation Title


Dissertation Fellows


Mónica  González Ybarra

University of Colorado Boulder

“Here, I Already Feel Smart”: [Re]imagining Anti-Colonial Literacy Pedagogies Through Youth Participatory Action Research in an Im/migrant Housing Community

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Dionna L. Latimer-Hearn

Notre Dame of Maryland University

Experience, Training, and Perspectives of Speech-Language Pathologists Serving African American English-Speaking Students

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Adaurennaya C. Onyewuenyi

University of Washington

The Unexplored Voices of the “New African Diaspora”: An Examination of the Racial and Ethnic Identity Profiles, Academic Performance, Perceived Teacher Discrimination, and Immigrant Advantage of 1.5 and 2nd Generation Nigerian and Black American Adolescents

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Eujin Park

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Education in Our Hands, on Their Terms: Negotiating Educational Reforms and Racializing Discourses in Immigrant Community Spaces

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Maxine Roberts

University of Southern California

Mathematics Identity and Sense of Belonging in Mathematics of Successful African-American Students in Community College Developmental Mathematics Courses

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Tran Nguyen Templeton

Teachers College, Columbia University

“I Know How to Take a Picture”: Young Children’s Photographic Practices and the Construction of Identity

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Travel Awardees


Daniel Millán 

University of California, Irvine

The Role of Family Structure and Household Transitions on the K Through 5th-Grade Educational Performance and Classroom Behavior of Latina/o Children of Immigrants


Jean H. Park

Teachers College, Columbia University

“Why Asians Succeed Here”: The History of Education in New York City’s Korean-American community, 1965–1990


Courtney Peña 

Stanford University

Intersectional Approaches to Critical Pedagogy: A Look Into Theory and Praxis of CSPs 


Brenda Rubio

University of Texas at Austin

Additive Teachers in Subtractive Contexts


Joanne Tien

University of California, Berkeley

Educating for Freedom: A Study of the Berkeley Experimental Schools Project, 1868–1975


Fellows are awarded a $19,000 stipend to complete their dissertation research and training. The fellows and travel awardees also receive a $1,000 stipend for travel expenses to attend the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting in New York City, where they will meet with the Selection Committee members and other senior scholars as part of a mentoring and career development workshop. Fellows and travel awardees will present their work to the education research community in a poster session during the 2018 AERA Annual Meeting.

The AERA Council established the Minority Dissertation Fellowship Program in Education Research in 1991, setting aside funds to support stipends, Annual Meeting travel, and professional development. In 2015, AERA Council voted to provide additional resources to the program through 2020, continuing its support for minority scholars into the association’s second century.  

The AERA Minority Dissertation Fellows are selected based on their potential as faculty members or education research scholars, their dissertation studies’ contribution to education research, the research methodology used, and the implications of the research. Recent fellows are now faculty members at leading research institutions, including Iowa State University, the University of Hartford, the University of Colorado–Boulder, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Wyoming. Other recent fellows are conducting research at university-based research centers or applied research organizations. Their research appears in several peer-reviewed journals and has contributed to our understanding of educational issues.

“We are excited to welcome the new cohort of fellows to this program and community of education researchers,” said George L. Wimberly, AERA Director of Professional Development and Diversity Officer.  “AERA is continuing its support and research capacity-building efforts for the next generation of faculty and scholars.”

The application deadline for the 2018–19 Minority Dissertation Fellowship competition is November 1, 2017. For further details about the program, eligibility requirements, and application instructions, visit the AERA Funding Opportunities webpage or email the AERA Fellowships Program at