Yasmiyn Irizarry is Assistant Professor of African and African Diaspora Studies and Faculty Research Associate in the Population Research Center at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Irizarry is a quantitative sociologist by training with expertise in race and racism, intersectionality, and critical quantitative methods. Her research focuses on (1) inequality in K-16 schooling contexts, with particular emphasis on STEM, (2) racial identity, ascription, and measurement, and (3) social attitudes, prejudice, and discrimination. Dr. Irizarry current work examines the linkages between community, district, and school-level factors and the prevalence of racialized tracking in mathematics in U.S. public high schools, and the effects of racially tracked environments on STEM learning and persistence at the intersections of race and gender.

Dr. Irizarry earned her B.A. in Sociology from The Ohio State University and her M.A and Ph.D. in Sociology from Indiana University Bloomington. Her work has been published in leading academic journals such as Social Science Research, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Race and Social Problems, and the Journal of Homosexuality, and been featured in media outlets including Education Week and Scientific American. She is a previous recipient of the Ford Foundation Dissertation and Postdoctoral Fellowships, and also received both Dissertation and Research funding from the American Educational Research Association Grants Program.