Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj is an associate professor in the Department of Education at the Gevirtz School of Education at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sattin-Bajaj's research focuses on issues of educational access and equity for youth from immigrant families and other historically underserved students. Her work includes exploratory qualitative studies of immigrant and homeless families’ school choice behaviors and experimental research to develop and test interventions to reduce educational inequities. She also engages in studies of school leaders’ responses to xenophobia in schools and society, and their sense of preparedness to address the consequences of immigration enforcement and racism in their school communities. Sattin-Bajaj was previously a program manager at the New York City Department of Education. She received her BA in public policy and women's studies from Duke University and her PhD in education from New York University.