Nadirah Farah Foley

PHD Candidate in Harvard University

Nadirah Farah Foley

PHD Candidate in Harvard University

Biography

Nadirah Farah Foley is a third-year doctoral student concentrating in Culture, Institutions, and Society in the Education PhD program at Harvard. Broadly speaking, her research concerns issues of culture and inequality in education, especially how race, class, and family structure shape cultural processes and students’ experiences. Nadirah’s interests run the gamut from demographic change and inequality in the suburbs to the arcane cultural practices of elite institutions of higher education. Nadirah’s research interests are inspired in large part by her previous work experiences with students who identify as people of color, low-income, or first-generation, as well as her own experiences as a low-income black student in predominantly-white suburban schools and elite universities. Prior to coming to Harvard, Nadirah held varied positions with a college access non-profit, in undergraduate admissions, in student affairs, and with a bridge program for incoming first-year college students from underrepresented backgrounds. She holds an M.S.Ed in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and an A.B. in Classics from Princeton University.

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