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  • NaYoung Hwang holds a PhD in Education from the University of California, Irvine. Her research focus includes inequality in education and educational policy. NaYoung has worked on school discipline, growth mindset, teacher diversity, and student-teacher relationships. NaYoung's work has been published in Educational Researcher, American Education Research Journal, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.

    As an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in her native South Korea, NaYoung was able to witness firsthand the influence of socioeconomic background on a child’s English language achievement and, ultimately, educational prospects. In addition, by teaching English to adult professionals, she observed the crucial influence of one’s childhood access to language education on her/his future employment opportunities in English-obsessed Korea. These experiences, combined with her work as a volunteer teacher in Korean orphanages, spurred NaYoung’s interest in the impact of education on social stratification.

    NaYoung is now an assistant professor in the Education Department at the University of New Hampshire, where she explores policies and methods that can improve the abilities and prospects of children from underprivileged backgrounds. Her current project centers on student-teacher familiarity, a test-based grade retention policy, and co-teaching practice.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2024 Racialized Early Grade (Mis)Behavior: The Links Between Same-Race/Ethnicity Teachers and Discipline in Elementary SchoolAERA OPEN.  10. 2024
    2022 Reining in Punitive Discipline: Recent Trends in Exclusionary School Discipline DisparitiesSOCIUS.  8:237802312211030-237802312211030. 2022
    2022 Educational Inequality Regimes amid Algebra-for-All: The Provision and Allocation of Expanding Educational OpportunitiesSocial Forces.  100:1722-1751. 2022
    2022 Timing and Frequency Matter: Same Race/Ethnicity Teacher and Student Achievement by School Level and Classroom OrganizationEducational Policy: an interdisciplinary journal of policy and practice.  37:1349-1379. 2022
    2022 Spread Too Thin: The Effect of Specialization on Teaching EffectivenessEducational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.  44:593-607. 2022
    2021 A familiar face: Student-teacher rematches and student achievementEconomics of Education Review.  85:102194-102194. 2021
    2021 Male Teacher Assignment and Teacher Turnover in Elementary SchoolsAERA OPEN.  7:233285842110541-233285842110541. 2021
    2021 Student-Teacher Gender Matching and Academic AchievementAERA OPEN.  7:233285842110400-233285842110400. 2021
    2021 Middle School Language Classification Effects on High School Achievement and Behavioral OutcomesEducational Policy: an interdisciplinary journal of policy and practice.  35:590-620. 2021
    2019 Beyond Tracking and Detracking: The Dimensions of Organizational Differentiation in SchoolsSociology of Education: a journal of research in socialization and social structure.  92:293-322. 2019
    2019 Who Holds a Fixed Mindset and Whom Does It Harm in Mathematics?Youth and Society.  51:247-267. 2019
    2018 Suspensions and Achievement: Varying Links by Type, Frequency, and SubgroupEducational Researcher.  47:363-374. 2018
    2017 The Links Between Youth Employment and Educational Attainment Across Racial GroupsJournal of Research on Adolescence.  27:312-327. 2017
    2016 Detracking and Tracking UpAmerican Educational Research Journal.  53:1229-1266. 2016
    Helping or Hurting: The Effects of Retention in the Third Grade on Student OutcomesEducational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
    Peer Disruption and Learning: Links between Suspensions and the Educational Achievement of Non-Suspended StudentsEducation Finance and Policy.  1-21.

    Teaching Activities

  • Intro to Research Methods Taught course 2023
  • Intro to Research Methods Taught course 2022
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • NaYoung Hwang