Grad Students

Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee 


The Division G Graduate Student Executive Committee consists of three subcommittees: (1) Campus Liaisons (CL); (2) Mentoring (MT); and (3) Student Outreach & Technology (SOT). Each subcommittee works hard to meet the needs of graduate students across the country and around the world.  Below you can find our organizational chart, a brief description of each subcommittee’s goals, and information about its members.



Shena Sanchez | shena.sanchez@ucla.eduHeadshot3_Sanchez_lg.JPG
University of California, Los Angeles
Senior Graduate Student Representative
Shena’s research is on the ways in which education policies and practices shape the academic trajectories of urban Girls of Color. Her current focus is on using Critical Race Feminisms to examine the effects of academic tracking and discipline policies. In 2015, Shena started the Lavender Girls Project, a study grounded in an ethic of love and care that centers the experiences of Girls of Color.


Adam Musser |
University of California, Davis
Junior Graduate Student Representative
Adam’s research highlights the transformative power of young people’s critical literacy practices. He is interested in humanizing educational research and the (re)design of learning ecologies oriented toward equity, justice, and joy.


Graduate students serve as liaisons between AERA and their campuses across the country by connecting AERA to graduate students, institutions, faculty, and facilitating the conversations held at the annual conference throughout the year. At each institution, these liaisons create and coordinate events of interest for AERA Division G members. We have also created structures for sustaining for future campus liaison members (e.g. documents that explain how the campus liaison role is defined, creating a welcome packet, highlighting events other campuses have offered, etc.).  We are planning our annual Campus Liaison Reception for the 2018 annual meeting. Current, past and future campus liaisons from all Divisions will be able to meet up and share best practices.

Eric Ambroso | ericambroso@gmail.comPhoto
Arizona State University
Campus Liaisons, Co-Chair

Eric’s research focuses on language policies and their impact on the educational experiences of immigrants, refugees, and asylees in the United States.


Jeremiah Sataraka |
Washington State Universityunnamed
Campus Liaisons, Co-Chair

Jeremiah Sataraka is pursuing a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies and Social Thought in Education. He is a teaching assistant in the College of Education at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. His research interests include conceptualizing an Oceanic Critical Race Theory, educational equity, and social justice in K-12 classrooms.


Eshe Price| pricee@rowan.eduEshe.JPG
Rowan University
Campus Liaisons, Representative

Eshe’s research interest include quantitative methodologies anchored in critical race theory, also known as QuantCrit. She enjoys quantitative methodologies and would like to use these methods to address racism within the field of education.



The mentoring subcommittee is planning a Mentoring Pre-Conference program (MPP) to take place the first day of the 2018 Annual Meeting in New York. Currently, we are targeting graduate students at various stages in their respective programs. This half-day workshop is designed to provide resources for graduate students and facilitate relationships with faculty, helping to create a network of mentors to troubleshoot issues and contact for support.

Lindsay Jarratt |
University of Iowa
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Mentoring, Co-Chair
 Lindsay’s research interests focus on the role educational systems play in the production and maintenance of social dominance, implicit and explicit transmission of power and ownership in learning ecologies, and capacities of education to resist or transform systems of oppression. Her current research examines the narrative of refugees created and conveyed in U.S. high school curricula.


Renata Love Jones | jonesqc@bc.eduScreen Shot 2018-03-12 at 10.52.53 AM
Boston College

Mentoring, Co-Chair

Bio coming shortly.



Carolina Elizabeth Silva |
Washington State Universityheadshot
Mentoring, Representative

Carolina’s research centers the experiences of undocumented youth in non-urban school settings and the notion of undocumented intelligence. Her current research investigates how the K-12 schooling narratives of undocumented students influence their participation in immigrant youth movements.



Jamelia Harris 
University of California, Los Angeles
Mentoring, Representative

Jamelia’s research examines the criminalization of Black girls and  highlights the damaging effects of punitive punishments on their education and social-emotional wellbeing. Her current research centers the voices and experiences of Black girls to more deeply understand some specific consequences of punitive school culture to their social and academic relationships with schooling.


Our committee is facilitating nationwide discussions between faculty and graduate students concerning the relationship between educational processes and the social contexts of education in which they occur. We continue our webinar series, providing graduate students with opportunities throughout the year to have these conversations with scholars whose work and research focus on the social contexts of education. We also reach out to our graduate student members through our annual survey  to help Division G better understand how to serve our community of scholars.


Eliana Castro | 
Michigan State University
Student Outreach and Technology, Chair

Eliana’s research focuses on representations of Black and Brown figures in history curriculum and instruction, with the goal of conceptualizing possibilities for teaching about Afro-Latinidad in schools. She seeks to promote critical, anti-racist teacher education across grade levels and contexts.


Shannon Holder |
University of Connecticut
Student Outreach and Technology, Representative shannon.jpg

Shannon Holder is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy Ph.D. program in the Educational Leadership Department at the University of Connecticut.  Shannon received a B.A. in History and a M.T. in Secondary Education from Hampton University. She is originally from Hartford, CT, and prior to starting at UConn, Shannon taught 10th grade government for 8 years.  Due to this experience, she is focused on studying policies that create equitable solutions for students of color.  Shannon’s specific research interests include tracking/detracking, desegregation, and school choice options for urban students.  Her current research focuses on the experiences of students, parents, teachers, and other stakeholders in the midst of their school’s detracking implementation.

Hui-Ling Sunshine Malone |
New York University IMG_0225.jpeg
Student Outreach and Technology, Representative

Hui-Ling S. Malone is a PhD student at New York University in Teaching and Learning, with a focus on urban education. She is a former secondary English teacher who has taught in various communities including Detroit and Los Angeles. Hui-Ling is interested in culturally sustaining pedagogies and critical pedagogy in order to empower students and advance equity in schools. Her research focuses on community centric practices through teaching and learning in hopes of strengthening relationships among students and surrounding school community members to address immediate social issues for the greater good of the collective.

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