Tamara Gilkes is a doctoral candidate in the Graduate School of Education. Rooted in sociological theory, her research examines institutionalized inequalities throughout the postsecondary pipeline with an aim to reduce racial and socioeconomic inequities and encourage diversity. She employs quantitative and qualitative methods to explore various aspects of the pipeline, including special education testing accommodations, admissions, student social network development, and faculty tenure and promotion.
While at Stanford, Tamara served as a policy advisor fellow for former California Attorney General Kamala Harris where she calculated school- and district-level racial disparities in discipline. She also served as a public policy intern at The College Board where she analyzed racial disparities in Advanced Placement course enrollment, as well as racial/socioeconomic disparities in special education identification. Currently, she is working with the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University to assess the effect of diversity advertisements on MBA student recruitment.
Tamara has received funding from several sources, including the National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship (declined) and Stanford University’s Diversifying Academia Recruiting Excellence fellowship.
Prior to her doctoral studies, Tamara was a middle school science teacher for five years in New York City. Her university teaching experience includes instructing the Economics of Higher Education at Stanford, an inequality course at San Quentin State Prison, and two online teacher preparation courses at Johns Hopkins University.
Tamara received a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Journalism from New York University, a Master’s degree in Education from City University of New York-Lehman College, and a Master’s degree in Sociology from Stanford University.
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 2019)
M.A. in Sociology, Stanford University (2017)
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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