M.A. Sociology of Education, New York University
Dena Lagomarsino is a first-year resident of New Orleans and doctoral student in Tulane's City, Culture, and Community doctoral program. Previously, she taught high school language arts for two years in her home state, New Jersey, before completing a Master's degree in the Sociology of Education at New York University. For her thesis, "Living in the Contradictions," she conducted semi-structured interviews and engaged theories of change and resistance to elucidate the school-based experiences of middle and high school educators who openly identify as both LGBT and/or queer individuals, and as social justice educators.
While teaching, then studying, full-time, Dena has also: interned as a youth issues writer for GLAAD; worked as a place-based organizer for The Institute for Democratic Education in America, leading "Innovation Tours" of incredible New York City schools that serve as sites of liberatory, youth-led learning; and served as an Associate Board member of Generation Citizen, a non-profit that provides action civics education programming to major city schools nationwide. She was lucky enough to experience her student teaching in South Africa in 2011, returning in 2013 with Professor Teboho Moja (NYU) for a summer program, during which she completed a group interview study with secondary school students from three integrated schools around Johannesburg to learn about the importance of culturally relevant, arts-based language arts curricula in a post-Apartheid context. That year, she also attended the Criminal Justice Initiative's Social Justice Training Institute on participatory action research, mass incarceration, and the school-to-prison pipeline, and completed a PAR project with her AP Language and Rhetoric students in which they studied their school's unfair treatment of students and presented suggestions for change.
Her research interests include gender and sexuality, sites of power and resistance, social stratification, comparative education studies, and cultural trauma.
Gender and sexuality, Sites of power and resistance, Social stratification, Comparative education studies, and Cultural trauma