Zach Thapar is working with Professor TJ D’Agostino of the International Education Research Initiative on a research project entitled “Education and Social Mobility Study: Historical Impact of Catholic Schools in the African Diaspora.” This semester, Thapar is focusing on discovering and writing the narrative of the first Catholic schools in New Orleans to educate people of color. Eventually, the project will seek to determine the intergenerational effects of these first Catholic schools on the lives of black Catholics in New Orleans.
In the summer of 2019, Thapar spent five weeks in Trujillo, Peru, through grants from the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture, the Tocqueville Fellowship, and the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement. While in Peru, Thapar worked with nonprofit Vive Peru on a multitude of public health and education measures. At the same time, he conducted preliminary research on socio-emotional learning for disadvantaged children in the Señor de los Milagros community of Trujillo.
Thapar is also a member of the Sorin Fellows through the Center for Ethics and Culture and the Tocqueville Fellows through the Constitutional Studies Program.