Brita A. Bookser

Brita BookserEducation

Ph.D. (expected 2022)

University of California, Berkeley, School of Social Welfare

Dissertation Title: Tricycles and Trapdoors: A Mixed-Method Study of Exclusionary Discipline in Preschools
Committee: Erin M. Kerrison (chair), Susan I. Stone, Zeus Leonardo, Tina K. Sacks

M.A. (2014)

Mills College, School of Education

Infant Mental Health

B.S. (2012)

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) San Luis Obispo, College of Liberal Arts

Psychology, concentration in Counseling & Family Psychology

Contact

Email:  britabookser@berkeley.edu

Curriculum Vitae (updated October 2021)

Research Interests

  • Early care and education equity
  • Educational access, inclusion, and quality
  • Anti-racist and liberatory pedagogies
  • Early education and child care policy
  • Mixed-method research

Publications

Bookser, B. A., Ruiz, M., Olu-Odumosu, A., Kim, M., Jarvis, S. N., & Okonofua, J. A. (2021). Context matters for preschool discipline: Effects of distance learning and pandemic fears. School Psychology, 36 (5), 325-334. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/spq0000452

Gutierrez, J., Hightower, B., Bookser, B. A., & Lemley, B. (2015, March). Preschool-centered design: Creating and selecting websites to suit the cognitive development of preschoolers. In Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2015 (pp. 1483-1487). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Bookser, B. A. (2014). Food for thought: Early childhood food refusal, maternal caregiving, and child sensory processing. Retrieved from ProQuest. (1557392).

Under Review and In Preparation

Bookser, B. A. (in-prep). Enough already: Toward womanist anti-carceral praxis in education. 

Bookser, B. A. (in-prep). Trapdoors in the system: Dimensions of extra-exclusionary discipline in early childhood education.

Grants, Awards, and Fellowships

2020 – 2022 | Marcus Foster Fellowship, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education ($50,000)
2021 | Berkeley Connect Bridge Fellowship, UC Berkeley Graduate Division ($5,000)
2020 – 2021 | Berkeley Connect Fellowship, UC Berkeley Graduate Division ($25,000)
2020 | UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Fellowship ($3,500)
2019 – 2020 | UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education, Center for Cities + Schools, Graduate Student Leadership Fellowship ($2,500)
2017 – 2020 | School of Social Welfare Gift Funding ($28,000/academic year)
2017 – 2020 | UC Berkeley Office for Graduate Diversity, GiGS Mentor Award ($500/term)
2019 | UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Fellowship ($3,000)
2019 | Haas Institute for a Fair & Inclusive Society, Othering & Belonging Conference Attendance Scholarship ($330)
201 |8 UC Berkeley Graduate Division Summer Fellowship ($3,300)
2013 – 2014 | Mills College Graduate Education Scholarship ($9,500)
2012 – 2013 | Mills College Graduate Education Scholarship ($5,600)
2012 | Cal Poly Academic Senate Faculty/Staff Scholar Award
2009 – 2012 | Cal Poly Dean’s Honors List (Fall 2009, Winter 2010, Spring 2010, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012)

Presentations

Peer-reviewed conferences

Joseph, A., Bookser, B. A., Samimi, C., Todic, J., & Fernandez, C. (2021, January). Restoring what? Critical social work at the nexus of discipline and justice in schools. Roundtable presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Kerrison, E. M., Bookser, B. A., Kornblatt, L., & Epps, D. (2020, April*). On display: A review of the pedagogies, practices, and politics in prison-based education. Paper presented at the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison Conference, San Quentin, CA. (postponed due to COVID-19)

Bookser, B. A., & Stone, S. I. (2020, January). Expulsion in early schooling: Unpacking disparities and predictors in California's public elementary schools. Paper presented in Symposium, "School discipline disparities and just discipline futures: Examining and disrupting systematic exclusion," at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, Washington, D.C. Chair: Brita A. Bookser; Discussant: James P. Huguley, Ph.D.

Bookser, B. A. (2019, January). Examining structural and contextual factors that predict high expulsion rates in California schools. Paper presented in Symposium, "From the school-to-prison pipeline and back: Examining the role of alternative schools," at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) 2019 Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. Chair: Charles Lea, Ph.D.; Discussant: Ron Avi Astor, Ph.D.

Stone, S. I., & Bookser, B. A. (2019, January). Identifying levers to disrupt school expulsion: An exploration of school and district factors. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Bookser, B. A. (2018, October). Alternative schools and the occupation of the expulsion-prison nexus. Paper presented on the "Precursors to Prison" panel at the Prison University Project at San Quentin State Prison Conference, San Quentin, CA.

Hupert, N., Gerard, S., Christensen, C., Adair, A., Rosenfeld, D., & Bookser, B. A. (2017, June). Can computers and tablets be used in developmentally appropriate ways in early learning settings? Examples from research where digital media supported children's learning. Session delivered at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Bookser, B. A., Gerard, S., Gutierrez, J., Hightower, B., & Sharifnia, E. (2016, July). Supporting early childhood learning opportunities at home with texting. Poster presented at The Administration for Children and Families: National Research Conference on Early Childhood (NRCEC, formerly known as Head Start's National Research Conference on Early Childhood), Washington, D.C.

Gerard, S., Bookser, B. A., & Gutierrez, J. (2015, November). Texting home: Increasing connections between home and school for preschoolers via SMS messages. Paper presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.

10 Gutierrez, J., Hightower, B., Bookser, B. A., & Lemley, B. (2015, March). Preschool-centered design: Creating and selecting websites to suit the cognitive development of preschoolers. Poster presented at the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SIITE) International Conference, Las Vegas, NV.

Invited presentations

Bookser, B. A. (2020, December). "Fits and the tantrums: Training early care and education professionals to afford children full humanity." Presentation for the Institute for Research on Labor and Economics, Berkeley, CA.

Bookser, B. A. (2020, November). "Child care, early education, and social policy for the next generation: A retrospective, a presidential election, and a global pandemic." Guest Lecture for Social Welfare Policy (SOC WEL 112), Berkeley, CA. 

Bookser, B. A. (2019, December). "Harnessing the positive potential of dual enrollment opportunities in SCUSD high schools." Fellowship report to the Center for Cities+Schools at the Graduate School of Education, Berkeley, CA.

Bookser, B. A. (2018, December). "Contextualizing school discipline in California: School structure and composition." Presentation at Getting into Graduate School (GiGS) Mentoring Program, Berkeley, CA.

Bookser, B. A. (2017, December). "Preventing preschool expulsion through mental health consultation: Directions and obligations for future research." Presentation at Getting into Graduate School (GiGS) Mentoring Program, Berkeley, CA.

Bookser, B. A. (2017, December). "Paths to the Ph.D. in Social Welfare." Panel presentation at Berkeley Connect Mentoring Program, Berkeley, CA.

Bookser, B. A. (2014, April). "Preventing expulsion through therapeutic shadowing and mental health consultation: Sensory processing interventions and the home-preschool connection." Presentation at the UCSF Infant-Parent Program Evaluation & Research Group, San Francisco, CA.

Bookser, B. A. (2014, February). "Intergenerational family and community traumas manifesting in the preschool setting: Case study and modalities for therapeutic intervention." Presentation at the UCSF Infant-Parent Program Evaluation & Research Group, San Francisco, CA.

Bookser, B. A. (2014). Early childhood food refusal, maternal caregiving, and child sensory processing. Poster presented at the Mills College Annual Research Symposium, Oakland, CA.

Bookser, B. A. (2014). Food for thought: Early childhood food refusal, maternal caregiving, and child sensory processing. Presentation at the Mills College

Media and Press

McReynolds, L. (2017, June). Kids, parents spend summer learning at library. Herald-Citizen, http://herald-citizen.com/stories/kids-parents-spend-summer-learning-at-...

Acknowledgment of Contributions

Pasnik, S., Llorente, C., Hupert, N., & Moorthy, S. (2016). Reflections on the Ready To Learn Initiative, 2010 to 2015: How a Federal Program in Partnership with Public Media Supported Young Children's Equitable Learning During a Time of Great Change. New York, NY, & Menlo Park, CA: Education Development Center, Inc., & SRI International. http://cct.edc.org/sites/cct.edc.org/files/ms-resources/edc-sri-rtl-refl...

Pasnik, S., Moorthy, S., Llorente, C., Hupert, N., Dominguez, X., & Silander, M. (2015). Supporting Parent-Child Experiences with PEG+CAT Early Math Concepts: Report to the CPB-PBS Ready to Learn Initiative. New York, NY & Menlo Park, CA: Education Development Center & SRI International. http://cct.edc.org/sites/cct.edc.org/files/ms-resources/edc-sri-rtl-peg-...

Research Experience

2020 – 2022 Marcus Foster Education Institute
Research Fellow, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education
Community-Based Research for Systems-Change and Educational Equity
Community Partner: Black Cultural Zone, Oakland, CA
Supervisor: Moonhawk Kim, Ph.D.

2020 – 2021 UC Berkeley Department of Psychology
Researcher
Classroom Discipline Perspectives – Preschool Project
Supervisor: Jason A. Okonofua, Ph.D.

2020 – 2021 UC Berkeley Institute for Research on Labor and Employment
Graduate Student Researcher
Exclusion/Inclusion and the Early Education Workforce
Supervisor: Erin M. Kerrison, Ph.D.

2019 – 2020 Sacramento City Unified School District
Graduate Fellow
Center for Cities+Schools, Graduate School of Education
College & Career Pathways: Dual Enrollment Research
Supervisor: Deborah McKoy, Ph.D.

2019 KQED Public Media for Northern California
Graduate Fellow
Education Division
KQED Learn Qualitative Research & Evaluation
Supervisor: Denise Sauerteig

2019 California Arts Council
Graduate Student Researcher
Arts in Corrections Needs Assessment & Evaluation
Supervisor: Erin M. Kerrison, Ph.D.

2018 Mack Center on Nonprofit Management in the Human Services
Graduate Student Researcher
Nonprofit-Public Sector Contracts Qualitative Research
Supervisor: Sarah Carnochan, Ph.D.

2018 UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare
Graduate Student Researcher
Exclusionary Discipline in California Public Schools
Supervisor: Susan I. Stone, Ph.D.

2014 – 2017 SRI International, Education Division
Research Analyst II
Center for Technology in Learning
Supervisors: Carlin Llorente & Ximena Dominguez, Ph.D.
Core Projects

  • Apple and ConnectED
  • Ready to Learn Initiative
  • Next Generation Preschool Science
  • SunBay Digital Mathematics
  • Connected Learning Research Network

2012 Mills College School of Education
Graduate Research Assistant
Maternal Attachment Representation Study
Supervisor: Carol George, Ph.D.

2009 Cal Poly Department of Kinesiology
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Undergraduate Nutrition Habits Study
Supervisor: Ann Yelmokas McDermott, Ph.D.

Practice Experience

 2013 – 2014 UCSF Infant-Parent Program
Early Intervention Clinical Placement
Supervisors: Leslie Baxter, Noel Bruton, & Linda Perez, Ph.D.

Teaching Interests

  • The social context of education
  • Early childhood
  • The carceral-educational landscape
  • Critical theories
  • Research methods

Teaching Experience 

2021 UC Berkeley Summer Bridge
Mentor & Instructor
Bridge Connect (ESPM 98)
Faculty: G. Cristina Mora, Ph.D.

2020 – 2021 Berkeley Connect in Social Welfare
Mentor & Co-Instructor
Berkeley Connect (SOC WEL 98/198BC)
Faculty: Jill Duerr Berrick, Ph.D.

2017 – 2020 UC Berkeley Office for Graduate Diversity
Mentor
Getting into Graduate School (GiGS) Program
Program Director: Cynthia Ladd-Viti, Ph.D.

UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare

2020, 2019 Graduate Student Instructor
Social Welfare Policy (SOC WEL 112)
Faculty: Tina K. Sacks, Ph.D.(2020); Neil Gilbert, Ph.D. (2019)

2020 Course Reader
Social Work in Schools (SOC WEL 232)
Faculty: Susan I. Stone, Ph.D.

2019 Course Reader
Theories on Multilevel Practice in Social Work (SOC WEL 200)
Faculty: Paul Sterzing, Ph.D.

2018Course Reader
Historical, Philosophical, & Intellectual Foundations of Social Work (SOC WEL 240)
Faculty: Eveline Chang

2019 Northwestern University
Teaching Assistant
Summer Field Study Seminar in Qualitative Research
Faculty: Dan A. Lewis, Ph.D.

2019 UC Berkeley Department of Psychology
Course Reader
Stress & Coping (PSYCH 6)
Instructor: Andres Martinez, Ph.D.

2012 – 2013 Mills College Children's School
Preschool Teacher
Infant/toddler, 2-4-, & 3-5-year-old rooms
Supervisors: Linda Perez, Ph.D., & Josephine Lee

2011 – 2012 Cal Poly Health Services
Certified Peer Educator
Supervisor: Rojean Dominguez, Ph.D.

2011 – 2012 Cal Poly Honors Program
Teaching Assistant
Introduction to the Honors Program (HNRS 161, 162)
Supervisors: Tom Trice, Ph.D., & Sema Alptekin

Technical Skills and Certifications

Data Analysis & Management: Stata, R, SPSS, Qualtrics, QuickBase, Excel/Sheets

Early Childhood Clinical Assessment e.g., ASQ, CLASS/ECERS, DRDP