Specialized Director

Dr. Jennifer Ayscue

Research Associate 

The Civil Rights Project
8370 Math Sciences, Box 951521
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1521


Dr. Jennifer Ayscue
is a research associate at The Civil Rights Project/Proyecto Derechos Civiles at UCLA. Her research interests focus on desegregation in K-12 schools and the role of policy in shaping students’ access to diverse and equitable educational opportunities.

Dr. Ayscue is currently involved, with colleagues, in a study of strategies for achieving diversity and successful turnarounds in magnet schools that have received grants from the Magnet Schools Assistance Program. She is also studying segregation in California’s charter schools. Dr. Ayscue’s previous work has explored how to create a more equitable school choice system in Buffalo, school segregation trends in the Eastern states, and suburban school responses to increasing racial diversity. Her research has been published in Educational Policy, Peabody Journal of Education, and School Administrator.

Ayscue earned a Ph.D. in Education from University of California, Los Angeles, an M.A. in Social Sciences in Education from Stanford University, and a B.A. in Elementary Education from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She taught elementary school in East Palo Alto, California and Charlotte, North Carolina.