Jiaxin Jessie Wang

Jiaxin Jessie Wang
Mentor: Dr. Kate Ratliff
College of Liberal Arts and Science
"My area of interest for research is special education policy in the K12 public school system for ethnic minority students with learning disabilities; specifically I'm interested in the under representation of, and accommodations for, the Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPI) student population in special education. I became interested in this area of research because I noticed that there is a disparity between the needs of minority populations in special education and the current education policy. I hope to increase this field of research in order to further policy for special education programs in the American public school system. I became involved in research because I enjoy the experimental, expansive nature of academia; I am interested in discovering what makes our world and society function.Broad research interests: social psychology; race and prejudices; AANHPI student populations; stereotype threat in education; model minority myth in education; differences between AANHPI, Hispanic-Latinx, Black, and Native American special education student populations"




Education Studies & Asian American Students

Research Interests

  • Special Education Policy
  • Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (AANHPAI) Student Popuations
  • Race Issues in the United States

Academic Awards

  • University Scholars Program(2016)
  • Peter S. Sones Scholarship
  • Anderson Scholar
  • Reubin Askew Scholar


  • Theta Nu Xi Multicultural Sorority, Inc.
  • Asian American Student Union
  • The Phi Beta Kappa Society


  • Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hobbies and Interests

  • Spoken Word
  • Ballet and Theatre
  • Mental Health Advocacy
  • Cooking

Research Description

Special Education Recommendation Disparities Between Asian American and White Student Populations
This study will examine disparities between teacher recommendation for special education programs for students displaying behaviors of Specific Learning Disability (SLD), based on whether the student is Asian American or White. While Asian American students are heavily over represented in gifted and accelerated learning programs, they are heavily under represented in students who are tested with learning disabilities. The current literature suggests that this is partly because of stereotypes and the model minority myth, teachers are not prone to notice Asian American students who show signs of having learning disabilities.