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PhD Advisees

      Ashley Gaskew     

Erica Laughlin is a PhD candidate in ELPA and her research is an intersectional narrative analysis of multiracial women doing educational equity work in higher education. She earned an MS from the department in 2005, an MA in French from Middlebury College and a BA in French and English from the University of Minnesota. She has over twenty years of experience working in K-16 education, including high school and college classroom teaching, faculty training and development, and higher ed extension/outreach administration.  Erica currently resides in Los Angeles, CA and is writing her dissertation.
      Erica Laughlin


Dominic is a doctoral student in ELPA’s Higher Education, Post-Secondary, and Continuing Education strand. His research interests include: Civil Rights (Title VI) accountability and compliance with regard to national origin, language-based discrimination, language rights in public education, language access issues, the role of language support services (translation, interpretation, bilingual/bicultural staff) in public education, multilingual settings and services, linguistic and cultural diversity of the Upper Midwestern United States.

Prior to joining ELPA, Dominic completed his BA from UW-Madison in 2004 and a master’s degree in translation and interpretation from the Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara in 2007. His professional background includes experience in K-12 U.S. public education, student affairs in higher education, land-grant institutions, K-12 education in Mexico, and translation project management. He currently works full-time as the University of Wisconsin Cooperative Extension’s Language Access Coordinator where he focuses on addressing systemic issues of language access tied to educational projects and programming. He is a native of St. Paul, Minnesota.

   Dominic Ledesma   


Jamila Lee-Johnson is currently a 3rd year doctoral student in the Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis Program. Her research examines African American and Latinx young ladies and college choice and access.  Jamila’s overarching goal is to help bolster the college access and selection process for underrepresented students. Another research interest she has is in the Socialization of Black Doctoral students at Predominantly White Institutions. 

Currently, Jamila is a Teaching Assistant in the ELPA department, an advisor for the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), and a Co-Chair of the Research and Scholarship Committee for the Pan-African Network for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA).

Before coming to Wisconsin, Jamila worked at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.  Jamila is a proud graduate of Clark Atlanta University and Michigan State University. 

She can be reached at jleejohnson@wisc.edu.


  Jamila Lee-Johnson  



           Na Lor             

Brittany Ota (She/her/hers) Brittany is a 2nd year doctoral student in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. Brittany is currently serving as the Program Coordinator for the UW-Madison Center for Cultural Enrichment where she directly impacts student’s campus experiences and continues to grow in student affairs. She is also a course instructor in Integrated Liberal Studies, and serves as Office Associate and Teaching Assistant for the ELPA department. Brittany is an alumna and campus mentor for the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program working to strengthen future student affairs leadership. Her research interests include the study of mixed race student experiences on college campuses. She is also interested in understanding the varying impacts of campus political activism.  

Brittany is a Badger alumna. Before her return to UW-Madison, she attended the University of Washington-Seattle where she received her masters in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies. She went to work in Chicago, IL at Roosevelt University whose small size provided unique opportunities to interact with university leadership. Brittany lives in Madison with her new husband. She can be reached at bota@wisc.edu

       Brittany Ota        


     Vanessa Pena       

     Tangela Reavis     


     ​Shelby Rogers      

Julia Nelson Savoy is an assistant researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is completing her doctorate in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, where her work is concentrated on higher, continuing, and postsecondary education, with particular emphasis on learning and diversity. Her research has addressed faculty work life, productivity, and satisfaction; diversity in higher education; academic department climate and decision-making; and the use of innovative mixed methods in research and evaluation. Currently, she is investigating the effects of professional development participation on career interests, goals, and pathways in higher education, especially among STEM doctoral students and early-career faculty.

 ​Julia Nelson Savoy 


   Taylor Weichman    

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