Tamara Gilkes

Tamara Gilkes (tgilkes@stanford.edu) is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education. Her research uses a sociological lens to evaluate racial and socioeconomic disparities within education. As a Stanford student, Tamara 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.

Tamara is currently working with Professor Daniel McFarland to map patterns of inequality within academia using administrative and publicly-available data on faculty at a private university on the West Coast. She also implemented a randomized controlled trial experiment exploring the effect of a text-messaging intervention on parental involvement in the college application process among low-income families with Associate Professor Eric Bettinger. Additionally, Tamara has worked with Associate Professor Anthony Antonio on a qualitative project exploring how one college access organization develops college-going cultures within high-need high schools.

Prior to Stanford, Tamara worked as a middle school science teacher for five years in the Bronx and Brooklyn. 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, and she trained new teachers as a corps member advisor within Teach for America.

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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