CREO Postdoctoral Research Associate
NaYoung Hwang holds a PhD in Education from the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include inequality in education and educational policy. NaYoung has worked on school discipline, growth mindset, curriculum policy, and youth employment. NaYoung's work has been published in Educational Researcher, American Education Research Journal, Youth & Society, and Journal of Research on Adolescence.
As an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in her native 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 his/her 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 mobility and stratification.
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