ECS Master's Students

Jimil Ataman

B.A. in Anthropology & History, Lehigh University (2014)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (Expected Completion: 2018)
 Hometown: Eagle, Idaho
Professional Goals: Community advocacy and organizing, Educational Research and Doctoral Study
Key Interests: Ethnographic or Qualitative Research, Higher Education, School and Society

My areas of interest include student identity development, student activism and protest in higher education spaces, the accessibility of academia, intersectionality, and qualitative methods.

 

Jenny Bae

B.A. in Sociology, University of Pennsylvania (2014)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (Expected Completion: 2018)
 Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Professional Goals: Higher Education, Educational Policy Work, Educational Reasearch and Doctoral Study
Key Interests: Higher Education, School and Society, Ethnographic or Qualitative Research


Courtney Brown

B.A. in Sociology, Dartmouth College (2013)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society, Community Action and Social Change Concentration (Expected Completion: 2017)
 Hometown: Springfield, Virginia
Professional Goals: Higher Education, Educational Nonprofit Leadership, College Access and Postsecondary Success
Key Interests: Higher Education, K-12 Education, Educational Leadership, Race and Equity

I am interested in college access and post-secondary success for urban students, particularly those from first-generation and low-income backgrounds. More broadly, I am interested in how the schooling system can be improved to better meet the needs of students of color and closing the achievement and opportunity gaps.


Steven Couppas 

B.A. in Political Science, University of Pennsylvania (2016)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (Expected Completion: 2017)
 Hometown: Sellersville, Pennsylvania
Professional Goals: Educational nonprofit leadership, Higher Education
Key Interests: Curriculum and Instruction, Higher Education, Language and Literacy, School and Society

I am interested in exploring how digital literacy education in America's postsecondary, first-year composition courses impacts students' attitudes and behaviors toward civic engagement. In this society, the increasingly seamless integration of students' digital experiences into their notions of citizenship and civic engagement requires an educational response in higher education that addresses digital literacy. I hope to contribute to this response by applying what I learn from ECS to university civic education projects.

 

Maeve Flynn

BA in International Relations, Ursinus College (2014)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (Expected Completion: 2018)
 Hometown: Chester, Connecticut
Professional Goals: Higher Education, International education
Key Interests: Ethnographic or Qualitative Research, Higher Education, Language and Literacy, Global and International Education

I would like to look more into the topic of study abroad and the reasons behind students' choices to do so. Additionally, factors that influence this choice as well as program availability in a variety of countries.

 

Jieun Lee

B.A. in Elementary Education, Seoul National University (2013)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (Expected Completion: 2018)
 Hometown: Seoul, South Korea
Professional Goals: Teaching and Instruction, Teacher Training, Pedagogy and Curriculum Design. 
Key Interests: K-12 Education, Teaching, Global and International Education

I am interested in educational inequality, comparative education, and teacher education. My ultimate goal is to contribute to the most equal learning environment possible for students by analyzing and comparing educational systems.

 

Thomas Leischner

B.A. in History, Goshen College (2010)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (Expected Completion: 2018)
Hometown: Luray, Virginia
Professional Goals: Teaching and Instruction, Educational nonprofit leadership
Key Interests: Race and Equity, K-12 Education, School and Society

My areas of interest include power and activism within educational organizations as well as the use of ethnographic collections in consciousness-raising and identity-formation.  I am further driven to better understand who has control of, and access to, those collections.

Juan diego lopez R.

B.S. in Economics and Mathematics, Trinity College (2014)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (Expected Completion: 2017)
 Hometown: Bogota, Columbia
Professional Goals: Teaching and Instruction, Teacher Training, Pedagogy and Curriculum Design, Educational Policy Work, International Education, Educational Research and Doctoral Study
Key Interests: Teaching, Global and International Education, Quantitative Research, and Ethnographic or Qualitative Research.

Jen Loughnane

Leadership Studies in Leadership Studies; History, University of Richmond (2011)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (Expected Completion: 2018)
 Hometown: Richboro, Pennsylvania
Professional Goals: Teaching and Instruction,Teacher training, pedagogy and curriculum design, Educational nonprofit leadership, Higher Education, International education
Key Interests: Curriculum and Instruction, Teaching, Global and International Education


Sarah Murphy

B.A. in History and Secondary Education, Goucher College (2015)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (Expected Completion: 2017)
 Hometown: Fairfield, Connecticut
Professional Goals: Teacher training, pedagogy and curriculum design, Community advocacy and organizing, Educational nonprofit leadership, Educational Policy Work
Key Interests: Curriculum and Instruction, Psychology and Human Development, Race and Equity, K-12 Education, School and Society

I want to develop a deeper, more comprehensive knowledge of education policy and curriculum development and, more specifically, how these areas influence the social and political development of students. I'm also interested in the different ways the education system shapes students' prejudices and perceptions of the world around them.

 

Kim-Jamy Nguyen

BA in History, Government + Asian American studies (minor), University of Texas at Austin (2012)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society, Community Action and Social Change Concentration (Expected Completion: 2017)
 Hometown: Houston, Texas
Professional Goals: Other, Community advocacy and organizing, Educational nonprofit leadership, Educational Policy Work, Educational Research and Doctoral Study
Key Interests: Race and Equity, Educational Leadership, School and Society

I would like to explore how we can better support the Asian American/Pacific Islander population in education – with a particular emphasis with the ways that programs be better tailored to fit the population that they are serving.  I am driven by questions such as: How can education be culturally in-tune with the populations that they are serving? How can we uplift communities that have typically been underserved?

Monique Y. Perry

B.A. in English, University of Michigan
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (Expected Completion: 2017)
 Hometown: Detroit, Michigan
Professional Goals: Teaching and Instruction, Teacher Training, Pedagogy and Curriculum Design, Community Advocacy and Organizing, Educational Policy Work, Educational Research and Doctoral Study
Key Interests: K-12 Education, Curriculum and Instruction, School and Society, Ethnographic or Qualitative Research, Race and Equity

My areas of interest include gender, sexuality, critical pedagogy, mixed methodology, and intersectionality. I hope to expand the research specifically surrounding school climate, child welfare, interpersonal violence, intimate partner violence, family structure, and adolescent relationship violence. My intention is to expand this area of research while also building relationships with community organizations, local schools, and academia.


Herbert Phillips

B.A. in Sociology, New York University (2015)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (Expected Completion: 2017)
 Hometown: New York
Professional Goals: Teaching and Instruction, Community advocacy and organizing, Educational nonprofit leadership, Higher Education, Educational Research and Doctoral Study
Key Interests: Ethnographic or Qualitative Research, Race and Equity, Higher Education, School and Society

Matriculating as a student at the Graduate School of Education at The University of Pennsylvania has positioned me to investigate my passions, which include examining higher education access for African American students, cultural inclusion and culture development within highly selective post-secondary institutions. Upon graduation, I hope to apply these foundational tenets, learned from my major: Education, Culture and Society, and further my study at the doctoral level in the form of research and instruction.

Kait Sanchez

B.F.A. in Art Education, Moore College of Art and Design (2016)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (Expected Completion: 2017)
 Hometown: Deptford, New Jersey
Professional Goals: Teacher training, pedagogy and curriculum design, Community advocacy and organizing, Educational Research and Doctoral Study
Key Interests: Ethnographic or Qualitative Research, K-12 Education, Teaching, School and Society

My current interest is in perceptions of autism as they relate to social and cultural models of disability.


Debbie Teo

BA in English, Loughborough University, UK (2010)
PGDE in Education (Secondary), National Institute of Education, Singapore (2011)
M.S.Ed. in Education, Culture, and Society (Expected Completion: 2017)
 Hometown: Singapore
Professional Goals: Teaching and Instruction, School leadership, International education
Key Interests: Ethnographic or Qualitative Research, Race and Equity, Global and International Education, School and Society

My interests lie in values education, which includes but is not limited to moral or character education, civics education and sex education. I am exceptionally passionate about how values education in public schools nurture openness and inclusivity as well as cultivate social activism in young people.