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Persisting Dreams: The Impact of the Doctoral Socialization Process on Latina Post-Doctoral Career Aspirations

  • Author(s): Westerband, Yamissette
  • Advisor(s): Solorzano, Daniel G
  • Marchant, Elizabeth
  • et al.

Latinas are underrepresented within the professorate and within doctoral programs, particularly within Research Intensive Institutions. This dissertation explores how the doctoral socialization process impacts the pipeline from the Ph.D. to scholarly careers for Latinas in Research universities. Given the low numbers of representation and production at the doctoral level for Latinas, what happens when they do enter Ph.D. programs? Their doctoral experience must be marked in one way or another by their identities as women of color in institutions where they are the overwhelming minority. More significantly, how does their doctoral experience groom them to become future faculty members in the academy? In this dissertation, I examine the doctoral experiences for Latinas and how their educational experiences impact their post-doctoral career aspirations and career trajectories.

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