Bita Razavi-Maleki is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin (UT-Austin). She received her B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies at UT-Austin and her M.A. in Cultural Anthropology at Texas State University. Her previous research included topics related to ethnic identity, religious identity, immigration and acculturation. Her professional practice has been in the field of vocational rehabilitation and workforce advancement. She has worked at different non-profit organizations in case management and leadership roles.
Working on issues of social justice and its intersection with nationality, culture, language and education has shaped her research interests. Her previous academic, professional and personal experience led her to a path to pursue a career in which she can have a voice in shaping policies that affect education of English Learner (EL) and immigrant student populations. Her research interests include policies that shape the education of English Learner (EL) and immigrant student populations and their access to postsecondary education.
At UT Austin, Bita works as a Graduate Research Assistant conducting research about equality and equity for deaf and hard of hearing students in educational settings at the Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk in the National Deaf Center on Postsecondary Outcomes. Her other professional work on campus includes employment at the Office of Students Affairs and at the Undergraduate Studies Assessment Office.