Taphy Tivaringe
PhD Student
Learning Sciences & Human Development

Tafadzwa Tivaringe is a doctoral candidate whose work explores how education-based interventions (policies, programs, and forms of learning) can be used as effective levers for addressing inequality. His three-article dissertation, The Possibilities and Limits of using Education as a Lever for Structural Transformation, employs a range of methodological frameworks including econometrics, social network analysis, machine learning, and ethnography to examine the use of education in advancing human development in South Africa and the Unites States. One of his dissertation papers, the Social Unemployment Gap: Limits of Enabling Socio-economic Transformation Through Expanding Higher education, published in the Education Policy Analysis Archives, was recognized and presented at the United Nation’s Job Transforming Economies for Better Jobs Conference in 2019.

In addition to his substantive interests, Tafadzwa has maintained a burgeoning interest in research methodology via a Graduate Certificate in Quantitative Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences as well as a professional appointment as an Evaluation Specialist in the CU Engage as part of his graduate work. In particular, he focuses on discrete choice models, temporal models, duration models, hierarchical linear models, spatial models, social network analysis and causal inference.

An interdisciplinary scholar, Tafadzwa’s other work has been published or is in press in numerous journals, including the Agenda: Journal for Social and Economic Policy, Journal of Community Psychology, Michigan Journal of Community and Service Learning, and Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). Tafadzwa has also received numerous honors including the best student paper for the American Education Research Association. Prior to joining CU Boulder, he had his undergraduate and postgraduate training at the University of Cape Town in South Africa where he was a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow and a recipient of competitive research awards from the National Research Foundation (South Africa) as well as the Social Sciences Research Council (SSRC).

Ben Kirshner [chair], Terrenda White, Susan Jurow, Roudy Hildreth, Andrew Philips (Political Science), Srinivas Parinandi (Political Science).

AERA Service-Learning and Experiential Education SIG Podcast Series, May 2020, Hosted by Dr. Amanda Fall https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/service-learning/tafadzwa-tivaringe...

Doctoral student to attend UN Conference, July 2019, Article by J. Ciplet, https://www.colorado.edu/cuengage/2019/07/18/doctoral-student-attend-un-...