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Ursula Aldana, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Project SOL

Photo: Ursula AldanaDr. Ursula S. Aldana’s research focuses on education reform, particularly with regard to issues of equity and access for historically underserved students. She has conducted a range of education studies focused on language policy and practice; Catholic schools; and the sociocultural competencies of teachers and students. Her goal is to improve policy and practice in education by investigating reforms in education that create equitable educational opportunities for immigrant and low-income Latino and African American students. A former public school teacher, Dr. Aldana also draws on her middle and high school teaching experience in urban contexts juxtaposed with her personal experience in Catholic schools to research the intersection of the Latina/o experience in Catholic education. She joined the Civil Rights Project in 2008 and has worked on various research projects related to bilingual education at the secondary level, college access and binational research with Mexico. Dr. Aldana received her Ph.D. in Education with a concentration on Urban Schooling from UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, holds an M.A. in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University, a Multiple-Subject and Single-Subject Teaching Credential in Social-Science; and a B.S. in International Politics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.


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