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Olivia Ildefonso
Institution: The Graduate Center, CUNY
Program: Earth and Environmental Sciences
Specialization: Geography
Research Interests: Critical geographies of education, racial capitalism, production of scale, social reproduction.
Dissertation Topic: My research broadly explores the history of local control over k-12 public education in the United States. In particular, my dissertation focuses on the current "opt out" movement against state-mandated standardized testing.
Advisor: Dr. Marianna Pavlovskaya

Olivia is an anti-racist activist whose research and activism focuses on addressing school segregation in New York. Between 2010 and 2013, Olivia worked for ERASE Racism, a racial justice nonprofit based on Long Island, as the organization's Inclusive Housing Coordinator and Communications Coordinator.  Since beginning her Ph.D. at the Graduate Center in 2013, she has worked for ERASE Racism as a part-time consultant. Since 2013, Olivia has served on the Board of Directors for S.T.R.O.N.G Youth, a gang prevention and community development organization on Long Island. 

Olivia taught for 3 years in the Urban Studies Department at Queens College and then completed her WAC Fellowship at John Jay College. She is currently a Digital Fellow at the Graduate Center Digital Inititatives. Olivia also serves as an At-Large Board Member for the AAG's Critical Geographies of Education Specialty Group. Olivia earned her B.A. with Honors in Ethnic Studies from Brown University. She also earned a GIS Certificate from Hunter College.