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’s work has appeared in a variety of academic journals and popular media outlets including the Peabody Journal of Education, Journal of School Choice, The Huffington Post, and Schoolbook. Her new book on high school choice in New York City, Unaccompanied Minors: Immigrant Youth, School Choice, and the Pursuit of Equity (Harvard Education Press) was published in September 2014. Dr. Sattin-Bajaj is co-editor with Frederick M. Hess of Blueprint for School System Transformation: A Vision for Comprehensive Reform in Milwaukee and Beyond (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013) and 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). Prior to earning her doctorate, 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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