Research Analyst
University of Chicago Consortium on School Research

Sanya is a Research Analyst at the UChicago Consortium on School Research, where she conducts data analysis and creates resources for students, teachers, and administrators in CPS. Before coming to the UChicago Consortium, Sanya worked as a research assistant at Beyond Schools Lab, where she helped plan, conduct, and analyze qualitative research on middle school students' understandings of consent in the hopes of creating early sexual assault and harrassment prevention programs. Her interests lie in studying the intersection between schools, prisons, and policing in hopes to reimagine and rebuild schools as liberatory spaces for students of color. In her thesis, she studied the challenges, possibilities, and limitations of restorative justice by interviewing practitioners. She has helped teach preschoolers in CPS as a Jumpstart Corps member and taught English in her hometown in India. Sanya is interested in using research as a tool to empower educators and students to challenge dominant and oppressive systems. She is inspired by scholars such as Eve L. Ewing, Erica Meiners, and David Stovall, all of whom study how racism shapes schooling in Chicago today. Sanya often fills her free time by listening to podcasts, making earrings, and watching too much YouTube.