Diana’s research interests are in school discipline policies, school to prison pipeline issues, prison education policies, and health policies. The focus of her doctoral dissertation is career and technical education (CTE) programs in prison, and stems from her role in the statewide evaluation of prison CTE programs, which was mandated by California’s legislature in the 2015 Budget Act.
Prior to entering her doctoral program, Diana obtained her Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley with honors. Her involvement with Teach in Prison at Cal, where she volunteered to tutor inmates at San Quentin, led her to this work at the intersections of education and health for incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.
Originally from Los Angeles, she now lives in the greater Sacramento area with her husband and son.