Larissa Carmel Saco

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Position Title
Graduate Student Researcher

  • Public Scholarship and Engagement

What I Do 

As a Graduate Student Researcher at the Office of Public Scholarship and Engagement, I primarily work on research-related tasks such as literature reviews and data analysis. I am currently working on two projects: a literature review on faculty motivations for pursuing public scholarship, and a landscape scan of university-wide public engagement initiatives.

More About Me

I am a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at UC Davis. In addition to my role at Public Scholarship and Engagement, I work as an Instructional Design Graduate Student Researcher for Academic Technology Services. Before coming to UC Davis, I worked in K-12 program evaluation at MDRC, a social policy research organization. My current research examines institutional intersections between nonprofit, government, and private sectors in the fields of health and education


  • M.A, Sociology, UC Davis (Expected June 2020)
  • B.S., Sociology, Occidental College

Research Interests 

Education; Health; Organizations; Program Evaluation; Social Stratification