Leah L. Gillion is a Ph.D candidate in Sociology and Demography at Princeton University. She has successfully completed her comprehensive exams in race and ethnic and inequality in Fall 2015. Her current research assesses the impact of special education on self-esteem. She finds that the treatment special education decreases self-esteem relative to non-special education students. Further more self-esteem mediates the students’ academics performance.
Prior to graduate school, she received her MA in math education from the University of Rochester and her BS economics from Florida A&M University. Leah taught mathematics in urban city school districts for seven years. Her teaching experiences influenced her research interest in education broadly. More specifically her interest include education inequality, race and ethnicity, and health.