Caitlin Patler selected as a 2018 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow.

The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports 30 early career scholars working in critical areas of education research. These $70,000 fellowships support non-residential postdoctoral proposals that make significant scholarly contributions to the field of education. The program also develops the careers of its recipients through professional development activities involving National Academy of Education members.

Dr. Patler’s research focuses on socio-legal inequalities and their links to a range of educational, socioeconomic, and health outcomes. She is currently conducting mixed-methods research on

  • The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program
  • Immigration detention, deportation, and the intersections of immigration and criminal law 
  • Legally vulnerable workers including noncitizens and individuals with criminal records


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