Tafaya Ransom

Area of Study: 
Higher Education, Graduate School of Education
Year of Graduation: 
Research Interests: 
Students of color in science and engineering and the role of minority-serving institutions
Marybeth Gasman
Dissertation Topic: 
When Do Faculty Inputs Matter?  A Panel Study of Racial/Ethnic differences in Engineering Bachelor’s Degree Production
Current Position: 
Special Assistant to the Provost, Morehouse College

Tafaya is a doctoral student in Higher Education. Her research interests center on increasing the participation of students of color in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields and the role of minority-serving institutions toward this end. Tafaya is currently working on a longitudinal study examining the post-college outcomes of students who participated in the International Baccalaureate program. Prior to enrolling at Penn, Tafaya served as a volunteer helping to establish an engineering school at an Ethiopian university, worked in the Detroit and DC Public Schools and worked as a chemical engineer in the food and pharmaceutical industries.


Ransom, T., & Lee, J.M. (2012).  College readiness and completion for young men of color.  In C.P. Hardy (Ed.), 2012 State of Black America: Occupy the vote to educate, employ, and empower.  New York: National Urban League.

Lee, J.M., & Ransom, T. (2011).  The educational experience of young men of color: A review of research, pathways and progress.  New York: College Board Advocacy & Policy Center.

Gasman, M., Lundy-Wagner, V., Ransom, T., & Bowman, N. (2010).  Unearthing promise and potential: Our nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.