Dan Douglas Joins Ed Studies Faculty at Trinity

Dan Douglas

Trinity College welcomes Dan Douglas as a three-year Visiting Assistant Professor in Educational Studies and Social Science Research Methods, beginning in Fall 2018. Professor Douglas completed his Ph.D. in Sociology at the City University of New York, where he specialized in the sociology of education and research methods, and gained valuable experience in both quantitative and qualitative work. Currently, Professor Douglas is a senior researcher at the Education and Employment Research Center at Rutgers University in New Jersey, where he guides several projects focused on higher education policy and student success and serves as the center’s head of quantitative research.

His dissertation was a mixed-methods study of the social and political history of K-12 teacher evaluation systems, particularly  “value-added” assessment that purports to measure teacher quality based on student performance on standardized tests. He also served as project manager for the CUNY Academic Momentum study of community college student retention and degree completion. His research has appeared in leading journals such as The American Journal of Education, Sociological Quarterly, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. In addition to educational research, he has also published articles and chapters on social capital during the great recession, Iranian Americans, Armenians in the US, and entries on Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg in The Encyclopedia of African American History.

Professor Douglas is a native of Brooklyn, New York, where he attended public schools. “I’ve always been most at home in classrooms where difference is the rule rather than the exception,” he wrote. In addition, as a first-generation college student, he strives to be a resource and advocate for those who are new to higher education. During Fall 2018, he will teach one section of the introductory Educ 200: Analyzing Schools course and also offer a new course, Educ/Socl 303: Sociology of Education. In Spring 2019, he will teach Socl 201 Research Methods in Social Sciences, and also design a brand-new elective course in Educational Studies. He will also be providing Social Science research support for the Educational Studies, Sociology, and Political Science departments.

Teaching Tolerance article by Stefanie Wong

Teaching Tolerance published this short article by Professor Stefanie Wong: The Election, One Year Later: Struggling with Critical Conversations at a Midwestern High School.

In the fall of 2016, anthropologist Jia-Hui Stefanie Wong was observing students and educators at a high school when the presidential election took place. This winter, she followed up to see what had changed in the last year.

Meet Ed Studies external reviewers

To all students enrolled in Ed Studies courses:

Come meet with our external reviewers, Professor Grace Kao from Yale University and Professor Lucy Mule from Smith College, in this once-a-decade opportunity to share your feedback about the Educational Studies Program with outside evaluators.

Grace Kao
Lucy Mule





In response to your feedback, we now have TWO student-only sessions on Monday February 5th 2018:

4-4:30pm in McCook 201 conference room
Facilitator: Jennifer Martin ’18


6-6:30pm in Seabury Hall S205 (the classroom where Educ 300 meets at 6:30pm)
Facilitators: Nicole George ‘18 and Julia Burdulis ‘21

Questions to discuss:

  • What’s working with the Ed Studies Program?
  • What aspects could be improved?
  • Your reactions to recommendations in Part 9 of the Ed Studies self-assessment report?

See also the full schedule for this two-day external review.

Updated: Read the Feb 13th 2018 External Reviewer Report by Professors Kao and Mule

Educational Inequality through Digital Storytelling

Public lecture by Alvin Chang

Tuesday, February 27th 2018, 12:15-1:15pm
Terrace Rooms, Mather Hall, Trinity College, Hartford CT

Updated: see Alvin’s Google Slides presentation and video further below

Photo by Vox.com

Alvin Chang is Senior Graphics Reporter at Vox.com, and previously was a data journalist at the Connecticut Mirror in Hartford CT.

Explore his series of interactive digital essays on inequality, poverty, racism, and education:


“We Can Draw School Zones to Make Classrooms Less Segregated,” Vox, January 8, 2018, https://www.vox.com/2018/1/8/16822374/school-segregation-gerrymander-map.

“This Game Shows How College Admissions Discriminates Against the Poor,” Vox, November 1, 2017, https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/11/1/16526202/college-scholarship-tycoon-game.

“The Subtle Ways Colleges Discriminate Against Poor Students, Explained with a Cartoon,” Vox, https://www.vox.com/platform/amp/2017/9/11/16270316/college-mobility-culture.

“School Segregation Didn’t Go Away. It Just Evolved.,” Vox, July 27, 2017,https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/7/27/16004084/school-segregation-evolution.

“Living in a Poor Neighborhood Changes Everything about Your Life,” Vox, June 6, 2016, http://www.vox.com/2016/6/6/11852640/cartoon-poor-neighborhoods.

“This Cartoon Explains How the Rich Got Rich and the Poor Got Poor,” Vox, May 23, 2016, http://www.vox.com/2016/5/23/11704246/wealth-inequality-cartoon.

Video of presentation in four parts:


Co-sponsored by the Educational Studies Program, Educational Technology, Sociology Department, Urban Education Initiative, Bridging Divides Series, and others at Trinity College. For questions, contact jack.dougherty@trincoll.edu

Downloadable PDF flyer:

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Faculty Job: Ed Studies and Social Science Research Methods

Visiting Assistant Professor in Educational Studies & Social Science Research Methods, Trinity College, Hartford CT

Trinity College, located in the capital city of Hartford, Connecticut, invites applications for a 3-year visiting assistant professor in Educational Studies and Social Science Research Methods. This new position is designed to enhance undergraduate teaching and learning in qualitative and quantitative methods in the interdisciplinary Educational Studies Program and the Sociology Department, and the College at large.

The successful candidate will teach four courses per year:

In addition, the candidate will provide support for social science teaching, learning, and research, as part of a larger team of professionals.

Candidates must be ABD or hold a PhD in education, sociology, or a related field, with college-level teaching experience. Excellent opportunities to collaborate with urban education partners, the Community Learning Initiative, the Liberal Arts Action Lab, the Consortium on High Achievement and Success, and the Center for Urban and Global Studies at Trinity.

Please submit a cover letter, CV, graduate school transcripts (unofficial or official), sample syllabus (or other evidence of teaching experience), and contact information for at least three references (who we will contact if your application advances) at https://trincoll.peopleadmin.com/postings/1489.

Review of applications will begin on January 2nd, 2018 and continue until position is filled. Applications from women and minorities are especially encouraged. Trinity College is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

Search committee members: Co-chairs Jack Dougherty (Ed Studies) and Steve Valocchi (Sociology), Rachel Moskowitz (Public Policy & Law), Stefanie Wong (Ed Studies), Robert Walsh (Social Sciences Librarian)

Start planning for Spring 2018 with Ed Studies

Dear Ed Studies students and majors,

Here’s several resources from the new Ed Studies website to help you start planning for Spring 2018 course registration.

Advising Week — week of November 6th (but start earlier!)
Pre-registration — week of November 13th (seniors, juniors, sophs, FYs)

Learn how to declare an Ed Studies major, and see also the full list of  Ed Studies and cross-referenced courses. To learn more about the major or to discuss your interests,  book a 20-minute appointment on the online calendar for Professor Jack Dougherty, Director of Ed Studies.

For students interested in Pathways to Teaching, set up an appointment with Jill Mack, teacher preparation licensure advisor from the University of St. Joseph, who will hold office hours at Peter B’s library cafe at Trinity College on Tuesday October 31st from 9am-3pm. Email her in advance (jmack@usj.edu) to tell her when you’d like to talk with her at Trinity that day.

Also, join a Hartford community research team and earn 2 Trinity credits with the Liberal Arts Action Lab. Fulfills the Ed Studies research methods requirement and also Numerical & Symbolic Reasoning distribution requirement, and also counts toward other majors (such as Human Rights, Public Policy & Law, Urban Studies, and others). Apply online by October 31st at http://commons.trincoll.edu/action-lab

For any questions about Ed Studies, contact Professor Jack Dougherty (jack.dougherty@trincoll.edu) or book an appointment online.

Stefania Ruibal ’19 on study-away at DIS Copenhagen

Trinity student Stefania Ruibal ’19 on study-away semester at DIS Copenhagen in Denmark

Stefania Ruibal ’19, a double-major in Ed Studies and Psychology, shares this note and photos from her study-away semester at DIS Copenhagen in Denmark:

I’ve been having an amazing time abroad. “Children in a Multicultural Context” has been an unbelievable class. I am placed in an all-Turkish school with first-and second-generation immigrants to Denmark. It is an amazing experience and am getting lots of opportunities to teach English and am learning a lot about the Danish as well as the Turkish culture around education. Also, I’ve been visiting lots of schools around Denmark. Went to a “forest kindergarten” yesterday where the students get to be outside all day and learn about nature.

Forest Kindergarten in Denmark

“Color of Law” with Hartford partners, students at Trinity

Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law, spoke about “the forgotten history of how our government segregated America” with a packed audience in the Washington Room at Mather Student Center on September 12, 2017.

Over 300 students, faculty, and community partners attended the “The Color of Law” book discussion with author Richard Rothstein at Trinity.

This public event brought together a broad audience: Hartford community partners, history classes from the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy, and students, staff, and faculty from Trinity College.

HMTCA teacher Melissa Cavanaugh (Trinity IDP ’11) brought her US history students.

Professor Jack Dougherty introduced the speaker and presented a visual vocabulary of segregated housing barriers. Erin Boggs from the Open Communities Alliance, a statewide fair housing advocacy group, unveiled their new report, Out of Balance: Subsidized Housing, Segregation, and Opportunity in Connecticut. Professor Davarian Baldwin provided commentary and moderated the audience discussion with the author. This event was co-organized by the Open Communities Alliance and the Educational Studies Program at Trinity, and co-sponsored by Urban Education Initiatives, the Center for Urban and Global Studies, Multicultural Affairs, Political Science, Public Policy & Law, Sociology, and Prof. Davarian Baldwin at Trinity.

Jia-Hui Stefanie Wong Joins Ed Studies Faculty at Trinity

Visiting Lecturer Stefanie Wong at Trinity

The Educational Studies Program at Trinity College welcomes Jia-Hui Stefanie Wong as a two-year visiting faculty member, beginning in Fall 2017. Professor Wong is completing a joint Ph.D. degree in the Department of Educational Policy Studies and the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation, “White Dominance in Diverse Schools: When Multiculturalism and Social Justice Aren’t Enough,” is based on a 16-month ethnographic study of how students and teachers perceive and challenge inequalities at a racially and socioeconomically diverse high school. Despite the school’s commitment to social justice, her study examines how White supremacy and privilege persist within its power structures. She also co-authored an article on the racialization of Asian American immigrant students in Educational Studies.

Professor Wong’s interdisciplinary training and field-based experiences make her an ideal fit for Trinity College. As an undergraduate at Swarthmore College, she majored in Educational Studies and Political Science, minored in Chinese, and collaborated with faculty on an ethnographic study that she later presented at a research conference. This experience not only shaped her desire to pursue graduate school, but also her dedication to create similar fieldwork and research opportunities for undergraduate students. Furthermore, she adds that “my experiences as a woman of color on predominantly White college campuses will help me effectively mentor and support students of color at Trinity. I have learned how to negotiate spaces that are not always welcoming to people of color, and to create spaces that value the diverse knowledges and experiences of a range of students.”

Drawing on her teaching experience at UW-Madison, Professor Wong will offer courses at Trinity such as Educ 200: Analyzing Schools (fall and spring), Educ 320: Anthropology and Education (fall 2017), and Educ 309: Race, Class, and Ed Policy (spring 2018).