IDEA Postdoctoral Fellowship

Meet the 2012-2013 IDEA Postdoctoral Fellow

Elena Izaksonas

Elena Izaksonas was selected as IDEA Postdoctoral Fellow. Izaksonas received her Ph.D. in Social Work. Her dissertation: “Latino Students’ expectations of school success: Do school supports matter? ” used a path model to analyze the responses of Minnesota Latin@ adolescents in grades 6, 9, and 12. Her research interests focus on Latin@ families and adolescent development, and Latin@ educational attainment that use strengths and resilience based framework. Her areas of specialization include migration and immigration; migrant farm-worker policy; race, class, ethnicity and gender. Additionally, Izaksonas has expertise in child welfare policy and child protection.