Jennifer Lucko, PhD

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Professor and Program Director, Master of Science in Education


School of Liberal Arts and Education

Jennifer’s research explores the social construction of identity among marginalized students within the intersecting processes of schooling, systemic inequality, and discrimination. Her dissertation research included 16 months of ethnographic fieldwork between 2004 and 2006 on the process of ethnic identity formation among Ecuadorian immigrant teenagers in Madrid, Spain. During the 2014-2015 academic year, she collaborated on a Participatory Action Research project with Latinx middle school students in Northern California. This research examined the role of segregation and internalized racism on students’ conceptions of ethnic identity and self.  


UC Berkeley, PhD, Anthropology
UC Berkeley, MA, Anthropology
San Francisco State University, MA, Education
University of Toledo, Ohio, BEd 

Research  Interests

Jennifer’s current research explores how undergraduate and graduate students use their research findings to develop innovative policies and practices within the schools and community partners where they conducted original research. In addition to examining the specific contexts that support students in the process of moving from research to action, she investigates the role of critical consciousness in the ways in which students construct their own understandings of action research.

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