Joshua D. Watson

Dr. Joshua D. Watson, MA, Ed.D Candidate is a graduate from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California (USC) in the Educational Leadership program. His dissertation research aimed to understand the college readiness experiences of Black and Latinx students who attend highly-selective institutions of higher education. Using a critical race theory lens, Watson’s dissertation considers how opportunity gaps, social and cultural capital, transformational resistance and student agency affect and are affected by college readiness and its ultimate implications for student success. His research also aims to inform secondary and postsecondary administrators in how to best serve this student population. He has aspirations to graduate from USC in May of 2018 and will be ABD on August 5th, 2017. Prior to attending USC, Watson earned a Master of Arts degree in Social and Cultural Pedagogy from the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University (ASU). His undergraduate degree was in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in education and family & human development from the School of Letters and Sciences.  


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