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Kelsey Mayo


Year: Advanced to Candidacy (ABD) - JSP

Email: kwmayo@berkeley.edu


MA Education: Curriculum and Instruction, University of Mississippi (2009): Mississippi Teacher Corps
MPhil History, University of Cambridge (2006)
AB Classics, magna cum laude, Princeton University (2005)


Sociology of Law (Major Field)
Law, Organizations, and School Choice (Topical Field)
Education Policy and Implementation
Sociology of Education
Qualitative Methods


JSP Admissions and Fellowships Committee Research Stipend, (Spring/Summer 2013)
JSP Continuing Student Fellowship (Spring 2013)
Plus Fellow, Center for Cities and Schools, UC Berkeley (2011-2012)
Regents Intern Graduate Fellowship, UC Berkeley (2009-11)
Cambridge Overseas Trust Scholarship (2005-06)
Overseas Research Scholarship, Cambridge (2005-06)

Employment Experiences:

Research Fellow, Center for Cities and Schools, UC Berkeley (2010-present)
Jackson Public Schools, Jackson, Mississippi (2007-09): Latin and Public Speaking Teacher
Deerfield Academy, Deerfield, Massachusetts (2006-07): Latin Teaching Fellow

Dissertation Abstract:

My dissertation investigates the context and conditions of charter school authorization in California- with a particular emphasis on determinations of charter failure. Drawing on neo-institutional theories of how formal mandates and broader legal environments are both interpreted and created within organizations, this project employs event history analysis of the California charter school population and in-depth case studies of charter school authorization processes for two central purposes: 1) to understand where and why charter schools fail, and 2) to trace competing institutional demands and legal understandings within charter authorization. My project extends theoretical perspectives of institutional competition and the organizational mediation of law within the field of education and contributes practical knowledge of the chartering process to lawyers, advocates, and education policymakers.