UW-Madison’s Eujin Park was recently awarded a Minority Dissertation Fellowship from the American Educational Research Association.
Park is a doctoral candidate with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. Her research examines the role of education in reproducing, challenging and reshaping social inequalities, particularly for immigrants and other communities of color.
These highly competitive and prestigious Minority Dissertation Fellowships are awarded to graduate students belonging to racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in higher education. The fellowship aims to improve the quality and diversity of university faculties.
Park's research explores how two out-of-school spaces in the Chicago suburbs resist or reproduce racialized neoliberal ideologies, as well as how the Korean immigrant families these spaces serve make sense of them.
Park's research helps researchers, educators and policymakers better understand how immigrant families make sense and work with policy reforms and the racializing and assimilative processes in schools, as well as how these families are active in the education of their youth.
“I am very honored to receive this fellowship, as it will provide me valuable support while I write my dissertation,” says Park, whose advisor is Linn Posey-Maddox, a faculty member with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.
“It's important to study community-based spaces, where immigrant families and communities may have more agency and power over their youth's education,” Park adds. “At the same time, these spaces are also informed by much broader racial discourses and educational reforms. By studying the everyday processes in community-based spaces and how such processes are also shaped by larger social forces, we can better understand the possibilities and limitations of such spaces," Park said.