UCI Department of Education
Sabrina Solanki

Sabrina Solanki

Ph.D. Student
School of Education

Email: ssolanki@uci.edu


Biography

Sabrina is a Ph.D. student specializing in Educational Policy and Social Context (EPSC). Her research interests regard the student school-to-work transition, teacher effectiveness, and educational incentives.

Sabrina received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. While serving as an academic counselor through the UCLA Early Academic Outreach Program, Sabrina developed an interest in working with young adults. This experience motivated her to continue to impact young adults by becoming a public high school teacher after graduating with her MAT at the University of California, Irvine. Sabrina began the economics program at Beckman High School, where she taught both AP Microeconomics and CP Economics for seven years. Sabrina’s experience as an educator allowed her to work with a diverse group of students. In doing so, she saw the challenges that the education system faces in educating all students equally. This motivated her to better understand the problems in our education system and how to evaluate effective, evidence-based solutions. Thus, prior to beginning her Ph.D., Sabrina received her Master’s in Public Policy from UCI. Her capstone project revolved around the impact of University Bridge Programs on college success for low-income, first-generation students.

In her spare time, Sabrina avidly reads contemporary fiction and constantly looks for ways to improve her overall health. She enjoys adventures and jumps at any chance to visit other parts of the world!