Institute of Education Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations
Dr. Dixon's research focuses on how educational leadership, the socio-historical context of education, and opportunity structures influence racial equity and improvement in student outcomes. With an emphasis on the high school-to-college continuum, she utilizes national- and state-level data to understand the ways in which schools systemically construct supports and barriers to college readiness, access to higher education, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) pathways.
Her recent work includes (1) a retrospective study of school leadership within Tennessee’s comprehensive support and improvement schools, (2) examinations of the role of high school opportunity structures in racial/ethnic and gender differences in STEM pathways utilizing the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009, and (3) a dissertation investigating the extent to which high school graduation pathways in Mississippi inform racial differences in academic preparation for STEM. LaTanya’s work has been presented in conference venues such as the University Council for Educational Administration and American Educational Research Association.