Sofía Bahena

Senior Education Associate
Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA)

Sofía Bahena is a Senior Education Associate at the Intercultural Development Research Association (IDRA) in San Antonio, Texas, a non-profit organization committed to strengthening public schools to ensure equity of educational opportunity for every child. Prior to her work at IDRA, Sofía completed her doctoral studies at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her research interests include understanding the contexts that support the academic achievement and educational attainment of Latino students in the United States. During her tenure at Harvard, she served as an editor for the Harvard Educational Review, where she also co-edited a book, Disrupting the School-to-Prison Pipeline. In addition, she collaborated with the Hispanic College Fund to do a preliminary assessment of their summer college-preparation program. Previously, Sofía has been a policy and research assistant at the Alliance for Excellent Education (Washington, DC) and an AmeriCorps VISTA school partnership coordinator for the Greater Homewood Community Cooperation (Baltimore, Maryland). Sofía holds a B.A. in business administration and sociology from Trinity University, an Ed.M. in human development and psychology, and an Ed.D. in cultures, communities, and education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.