Research Interests

Educational Policy
Higher Education
Immigration and Schooling
Quantitative Research Methods

Ismael Fajardo

Adjunct Faculty

Ismael Fajardo, PhD, is an adjunct faculty in the College of Education at the University of Washington and serves as the lead researcher and evaluator at the City of Seattle Department of Education and Early Learning. 

His research examines the P-20 STEM pipeline for underserved student populations, specifically secondary preparation and postsecondary transitions, retention, and achievement. He uses quantitative and qualitative research approaches to understand the conditions that create accessible and equitable environments in order to inform local, state, and national policy. He currently teaches assessment and evaluation in higher education. His former UW projects include the Brotherhood Initiative and the Equitable Parent-School Collaboration.

Dr. Fajardo received his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in educational leadership, policy, and organizations from the University of Washington, B.A in Foreign Languages, Cultures, and Literature from Washington State University, and A.A. degree from Spokane Falls Community College. He was born and raised in the Yakima Valley of Washington State, and a proud graduate of Grandview High School.