Maria is an IDEAL Provostial Fellow/Academic Staff Researcher in the Graduate School of Education. Her research examines housing, educational opportunity, educational policy, and place. She draws on qualitative methods and an interdisciplinary framework that draws on education, (sub)urban sociology, and urban studies to illuminate inequities in schools and communities. Relatedly, her work considers the efforts parents, educators, and community members make to contest and disrupt inequities in schools and community institutions in order to create transformative futures for youth.

Maria’s collaborative research and publications contribute to scholars’ and educational leaders’ understanding of the housing-school nexus, school-prison nexus, and racialized and classed structures of schools. Maria holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.

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