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Tomoko M. Nakajima

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Tomoko M. Nakajima is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Learning Policy Institute. Her research foci at LPI are school climate reform and teacher residency programs as a strategy for preparing and retaining a diverse workforce of highly qualified educators. 

In her previous appointments, Nakajima studied and evaluated initiatives to transform PreK–16 educational spaces to be more inclusive and equitable, particularly for students, teachers, and administrators of color. 

Nakajima graduated with a PhD in Education with an urban schooling emphasis from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received an MPA from Notre Dame de Namur University and a BM from Boston University. Nakajima also holds a California state administrative services credential, a single-subject teaching credential, and a bilingual authorization (BCLAD) for instruction in Spanish.