University Profiles

Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj

Carolyn E. Sattin-Bajaj, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & Co-Director, Center for College Readiness

Department of Education Leadership, Management and Policy


Dr. Sattin-Bajaj's research explores the relationships among education policy, immigrant families and equity.

Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj's research focuses on the intersection between education policy and immigrant-origin youth. Her work examines immigrant families’ experiences negotiating school systems across diverse national contexts, and she is particularly interested in questions of educational equity and access. She recently completed a multi-year study of Latin American immigrant families' school choice experiences in New York City in which she identified a series of barriers to students' equitable access to high quality educational opportunities. Dr. Sattin-Bajaj teachers courses on education policy, program evaluation, research design and research methods.

Dr. Sattin-Bajaj is co-editor with Marcelo Suárez-Orozco of Educating the Whole Child for the Whole World: The Ross School Model and Education for the Global Era (New York University Press, 2010), and she has published and co-authored articles on immigrant education, globalization and school choice. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, she worked on secondary school reform at the New York City Department of Education.


  • Ph.D., International Education, New York University
  • M.A., International Education, New York University
  • B.A., Public Policy Studies, Duke University

Academic Distinctions

  • Mitchell Leaska Dissertation Research Award, New York University, November 2009
  • Founders’ Fellowship, New York University, Fall 2006-2009
  • Tinker Field Research Grant, Tinker Foundation and New York University, 2007-2008
  • Philips G. Davies Graduate Student Paper Award, National Association of Ethnic Studies, 2007



Office Phone
(973) 275-2846


Office Location
Room 413
Jubilee Hall


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