Higher Education Doctoral Students

Will Anyu

Program: Ed.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2022
Previous Education: B.A., Mass Communication, 2013, North Carolina Central University; M.P.A., 2016, North Carolina Central University
Research Interests: how institutional leaders, specifically those at research-intensive institutions, cultivate inclusive environments on their campuses for students of color.

Daniel Blake

Program: Ph.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2020
Previous Education: B.A., Government, 2011, Cornell University
Research Interests: social-psychological determinants of student performance; study abroad; motivations for entering the professoriate.

 

William Casey Boland

Program: Ph.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2018
Previous Education: B.A., Political Science and Journalism, Rutgers University; M.S.Ed., Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: impact of politics and policymaker preferences on state finance policy, particularly in majority-minority states with large numbers of minority-serving institutions (MSIs); political origins and policymaker support for accountability measures and college completion agenda; connections between higher education and social stratification.

Elizabeth Cannon

Program: Ed.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2022
Previous Education: B.A., Social Ecology, Ursinus College; M.S.Ed., Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Higher Education; Community Engagement and Service-Learning; Community Partnerships; Civic Identity; Diversity and Social Justice; Critical Pedagogy.

 

Kendrick Davis

Program: Ph.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2020
Previous Education: B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Temple University; M.S. Robotics Engineering, University of Pennsylvania; Master of Law, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: social and Political Development of STEM student, diversity and Equity in K-16 STEM Education, anti-deficit perspectives on underrepresented student success in STEM fields.

Paola Esmieu

Program: Ph.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2021
Previous Education: B.A., Sociology and Chicano/a Studies, 2010, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.S.Ed., Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: foundations’ investment in Minority Serving Institutions.

 

Rita Axelroth Hodges

Program: Ed.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: 2022
Previous Education: B.A., Psychology, 2005, University of Pennsylvania; M.S.Ed., Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: Building upon full-time work at Penn’s Netter Center for Community Partnerships focused on building and strengthening university-community partnerships; effective and comprehensive anchor institution strategies that engage the full range of university resources in sustained, democratic, place-based partnerships to improve both campus and the local community. 

Kristina Featherstone

Program: Ed.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2021
Previous Education: B.A., English, Stanford University; M.A., Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership, Stanford University
Research Interests: program development and evaluation, graduate education, and the organization of higher education. 

 

Elaine Leigh

Program: Ph.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Previous Education: B.A., Psychology, 2008, University of Washington; M.S.Ed., Urban Education & Secondary Science, 2010, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: policies and practices that reduce college access and completion inequities; ​place-based and cross-sector educational collaborations​; ​​the role of higher education ​in community and economic development; big data in education and social policy; ​critical quantitative and mixed methods.

Amanda Washington Lockett

Program: Ph.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2019
Previous Education: B.A., English, Spelman College; M.A.T, ESOL, American University; M.A., Education Policy and Social Analysis, Teachers College, Columbia University
Research Interests: higher education governance and leadership; Historically black colleges and universities; Women in leadership.


Andrew Martinez

Program: Ph.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2020
Previous Education: B.A., Sociology, Cornell University; M.S.Ed., Higher Education Administration, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: disaggregation of broad ethnic identities and its implications to our understandings of achievement among historically underrepresented students, experiences of first-generation college students, and what elite, predominantly white institutions can learn from minority serving institutions.

Kyle Rosato

Program: Ed.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Fall 2020
Previous Education: B.A., History, 1986, Roanoke College
Research Interests: environmental economic policy, environmental conflict resolution, social psychology to study environmental decision making and collaborative decision making within higher education’s response to climate change; how private foundations influence policy and decision making throughout higher education, and how institutional governance and comparative climate policymaking face social and economic threats posed by global climate change.

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.

Shoshana Sicks

Program: Ed.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2021
Previous Education: A.B., Spanish, 2004, Bowdoin College; Ed.M., Higher Education, 2007, Harvard University
Research Interests: student loan debt and related disparities, young alumni fundraising and higher education curriculum development and reform.


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.

 

Jordan Tegtmeyer

Program: Ed.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2021
Previous Education: B.S., Business Management, 2000, Shippensburg University; M.B.A., Finance & Management, 2003, University of Illinois at Chicago; M.S.Ed., Higher Education, 2008, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: intercollegiate athletics, Title IX, and the intersection of finance, college sports and gender equity.

Jeremy Wright

Program: Ph.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2021
Previous Education: B.A., German, Ohio University; M.A., College Student Personnel, Bowling Green State University
Research Interests: higher education finance and affordability, community colleges, educational stratification, and the postsecondary educational experiences of first-generation, low-income, and undocumented students.

Marcus T. Wright

Program: Ed.D., Higher Education
Anticipated Graduation Date: Spring 2022
Previous Education: B.A., Sociology, Rutgers University; M.S.Ed., Learning Sciences and Technologies, University of Pennsylvania
Research Interests: systemic inequality in higher education; particularly, how it is reproduced within colleges and universities and its impact on first-generation students. Previous studies focused on the intersection between learning, technology, and society and culminating in the publication, Paradox of the Learning Game: The Promise and Plight of Video Games and Learning (2017).