I am an educational researcher focusing on parental engagement, immigrant students, and linguistic minorities. My PHD research undertaken at the University of Toronto focused on the parental engagement of Eastern European immigrant parents in Canadian elementary schools through the Bourdieusian lens. This project aimed to explore how the social and cultural capital of immigrant parents affects patterns of their engagement with children’s education and learning in the host country, and how the engagement of immigrant parents matches the expectations of their teachers and narratives expressed in policy documents. My work has been published in the British Journal of Sociology of Education, Curriculum Journal, School Community Journal, and Educational Review.
My teaching expertise is in the sociology of education with a special emphasis on social justice, immigration, and social inequality. I worked with undergraduate and postgraduate students at the University of Toronto from 2017 to 2021 before coming to Sheffield Hallam University in 2022. Prior to joining academia, I taught ESL to linguistically and culturally diverse students in Canada and Europe for more than a decade and worked in language assessment and writing support in Toronto, Canada.