Portfolio Student Profile: Kristine Massey

Degree of Study: Ph.D in Curriculum & Instruction/Cultural Studies in Education

Kristine Massey is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction/Cultural Studies in Education and a Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for Community College Student Engagement at The University of Texas at Austin.  Additionally, Kristine is an instructor for an upper-division undergraduate course in Applied Learning and Development and serves as the Managing Editor for the the College of Education's student-run journal, the Texas Education Review at the university. 

With over ten years of experience in education, Kristine taught at an urban, public high school in California for six years, where she also managed the school’s AVID college-readiness program. She then accepted a two-year position at private high school in Istanbul, Turkey, where she was appointed curriculum leader and advised student volunteer projects in Turkey, Nepal, and Bhutan. Her teaching experiences and her travel to 28 countries have fueled her interest in examining the role that culture and power play in domestic and international curriculum and education policy.

Kristine's work with the global nonprofit AVID inspired her to investigate the ways in which the nonprofit sector can support public schools and promote equity for students, specifically underrepresented student populations and urban schools.  In spring 2014, Kristine joined the nonprofit portfolio program to learn more about executive leadership, board governance, and effective data collection for evaluation.  Currently, she serves on the Education Committee of the Austin-based nonprofit A Legacy of Giving dedicated to promoting philanthropy education in schools and communities.

Kristine received her B.A. in British and American Literature, cum laude, and her M.A. in Comparative Literature and Composition Studies at California State University, East Bay.