Santa-Ramirez off to SUNY Buffalo, and an AAUW fellowship for Demps


Erik Ketcherside

Stephen Santa-Ramirez (PhD ’20) will be joining the faculty at the University at Buffalo, State University of New York, as a tenure-track assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. He graduated this month with a PhD in Educational Policy and Evaluation from Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at Arizona State University. Santa-Ramirez successfully defended his dissertation, “Contested Citizenship in the Trump Era: The policy effects and everyday experiences of Mexican undocu/DACAmented collegians.” His research focus in the course of his degree has been historically marginalized and racialized communities, and policies that affect them in higher education. Santa-Ramirez also earned the graduate certificate in socioeconomic justice from ASU’s School of Social Transformation.

As she enters the final year of her doctoral program, Dawn Demps was awarded a dissertation fellowship by the American Association of University Women, part of the AAUW’s American Fellowships program for women pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting full-time postdoctoral research or preparing research for publication. Demps is a candidate in MLFTC’s PhD in Educational Policy and Evaluation program. Her dissertation research focuses on an organization of black mothers in Arizona and explores their strategies of resistance to the exclusion of black children in schools. Demps is also the recipient of a completion fellowship from ASU’s Graduate College.

Stephen Santa-Ramirez discusses the MLFTC PhD in Educational Policy and Evaluation