Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director, Center for College Readiness
Department of Education Leadership Management and Policy
Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj's research focuses on Latino immigrant-origin families’ experiences negotiating education systems with an emphasis on school choice and points of educational transition. Her work has appeared in a variety of academic journals and popular media outlets including the Peabody Journal of Education, Journal of School Choice, American Journal of Education, The Huffington Post, NPR and Schoolbook. Dr. Sattin-Bajaj’s 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 fall 2014.
Dr. Sattin-Bajaj is co-principal investigator (with Sean Corcoran, Jennifer Jennings and Sarah Cohodes) on a randomized experimental study testing a series of informational interventions designed to assist eighth grade students with high school choice in New York City in over 150 middle schools. She is co-editor with Andrew Kelly and Jessica Howell of the forthcoming volume, Matching students to post-secondary opportunities: How college choice is influenced by institutional, state, and federal policy (Harvard Education Press), 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). She earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in International Education from New York University and a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University. Prior to earning her doctorate, Dr. Sattin-Bajaj 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
- Kelly, Andrew P., Howell, Jessica & Sattin-Bajaj, Carolyn (Eds.), Matching students to post-secondary opportunities: How college choice is influenced by institutional, state, and federal policy. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, Forthcoming. 2015.
- Sattin-Bajaj, Carolyn. Unaccompanied minors: How children of Latin American immigrants negotiate high school choice. American Journal of Education, 121(3), 381-415, May 2015.
- Unaccompanied Minors: Immigrant Youth, School Choice and the Pursuit of Equity, Harvard Education Press, 2014
- "Two roads diverged: Exploring variation in students' school choice experiences", Journal of School Choice 8(3), 410-445, September 2014
- Blueprint for School System Transformation: A Vision for Comprehensive Reform in Milwaukee and Beyond, Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2013
- "How students' school search behaviors compare to district recommendations", Journal of School Choice, 6(3), 1-32, August 2012
- "Are Ell students underrepresented in charter schools? Demographic trends in New York City", 2006-2008, Journal of School Choice, 5(1), 40-65, March 2011
- Informing immigrant families about high school choice in New York City: Challenges and possibilities (Book Chapter), In M. Berends, M. Cannata, & E. Goldring (Eds.), School choice and school improvement: Research in state, district, and community contexts, Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press, 147-176, March 2011
- Educating the whole child for the whole world: The Ross school model and education for the global era, New York: New York University Press, 2010
- Making migration work", Peabody Journal of Education, 85(4), 535-551, October 2010
- "Home-school conflicts and barriers to academic achievement of children of Latin American immigrants", Perspectives on Urban Education, 6(1), 5-19, March 2009
- 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