Shereen El Mallah

Research Assistant Professor at Youth-Nex & CASTL


  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • M.A., Virginia Tech
  • B.S., Johns Hopkins University

Shereen El Mallah is a Research Assistant Professor at the School of Education and Human Development (SEHD). She is a faculty affiliate of Youth-Nex and CASTL interested in the intersection of applied science and social justice. As a scholar-activist, her work draws heavily on rapid cycle evaluation, participatory approaches, design-based research, and the framework of QuantCrit to address three notable gaps:

  1. The gap between research what works in research and what works in practice
  2. The gap between valuing what we can measure and measuring what we value
  3. The racial/ethnic and socioeconomic gaps in developmental and educational outcomes that are rooted in longstanding structural and systemic inequities

Shereen regularly engages in research-practice partnerships intent on interrupting inequitable practices, policies, and research, as well as explores communication and dissemination strategies that facilitate the use of evidence. She is committed to working with and for underrepresented, marginalized, or systematically minoritized groups to leverage both quantitative and qualitative data in challenging dominant narratives.