Alyssa belongs to a research group focused on issues of social justice in K-12 mathematics education. As a project manager, Alyssa oversees the activities of several data-intensive projects led by Dr. Deborah Ball and Dr. Maisie Gholson. These projects investigate mathematics teaching and learning that disrupt racism, marginalization, and inequity; these include the NSF funded studies, Communicating Across Differences in the Work of Teaching and CAREER: Black Youth Development and Curricular Supports for Robust Identities in Mathematics. Alyssa leads day-to-day coordination of project tasks, establishes timelines, and works closely with research team members to achieve project goals.
Prior to joining the School of Education as a staff member, Alyssa was a graduate student in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education master’s program. She pursued coursework and research opportunities that sought to disrupt the model minority stereotypes of Asian Americans in higher education. She was also a graduate student research fellow at the National Center for Institutional Diversity and supported a research team seeking to understand the experiences of faculty of color engaged in public scholarship. During her pre-UM years, Alyssa worked in college access and managed partnerships at an ed tech company in Chicago.