Higher Education Doctoral Students

Marc Christian

Program:  Ed.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date:  Spring 2017
Previous Education:  B.A., Political Science, 2012, University of Pennsylvania; M.S.Ed., Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests:  Research interests include the business of college sports, student-athlete recruitment practices, and assorted questions pertaining to race, gender, and homophobia in intercollegiate athletics.

Andres Castro Samayoa

Program:  Ph.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date:  Spring 2017
Previous Education:  B.A., Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Harvard University; M.Phil., Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies, Cambridge University
Research Interests:  My work focuses on the use of diversity rhetoric in postsecondary settings and the history of institutional initiatives for lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender students.

Roman Ruiz

Program:  Ph.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date:  Spring 2018
Previous Education:  B.A., Spanish, B.M.E., Music Education, Arkansas Tech University; M.Ed., Higher Education, University of Arkansas; M.M., Music Performance, Arizona State University
Research/Professional Interests:  Socioeconomic stratification within higher education; the geographic determinants of college access; and understanding research utilization in college access policy formation.

Edward Smith

Program:  Ph.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date:  Spring 2018
Previous Education:  B.A., Economics, 2006, The Pennsylvania State University; M.Ed., College Student Affairs, The Pennsylvania State University
Research/Professional Interests:  Building and sustaining education attainment efforts in metropolitan areas.