Tamara Gilkes

Tamara Gilkes (tgilkes@stanford.edu) is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education. Generally, her research focuses on minority experiences within higher education. Specifically, her dissertation focuses on the development and causal effect of same-race social networks for minority students on a predominantly White college campus using qualitative and quantitative analyses. Her advisors are Anthony Antonio and Eric Bettinger.

As a Stanford student, Tamara has served as a policy intern at the College Board where she explored racial gaps in Advanced Placement course-taking, exam-taking, and success. She also interned for former California Attorney General Kamala Harris, where she assessed racial gaps in discipline using California Department of Education data.

Prior to Stanford, Tamara worked as a middle school science teacher in the Bronx (2 years) and Brooklyn (3 years). She also served as an adjunct faculty member for Johns Hopkins University School of Education's online Master's program where she taught secondary science teachers how to use culturally responsive pedagogy and inquiry-based learning strategies in their classrooms.

Tamara has earned a Bachelor's degree (Sociology, Journalism) from New York University, a Master's degree (Education) from City University of New York Lehman College, and a Master's degree (Sociology) from Stanford University. In 2017, she was awarded the National Academy of Education/Spencer dissertation fellowship (declined) and Stanford University's Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence fellowship.

Dissertation Committee: Anthony Antonio, Eric Bettinger, Daniel McFarland, Prudence Carter (UC Berkeley)

Research interests: Sociology of Education, Higher Education, Education Policy

Ph.D. in Education, Stanford University (expected 2018)
M.A. in Sociology, Stanford University (2016)
M.S. in Education, City University of New York Lehman College (2010)
B.A. in Sociology/Journalism, New York University (2008)

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Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis
520 Galvez Mall
Stanford, CA 94305

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