Director

Nick Bowman is a professor of higher education and student affairs at the University of Iowa. He received a Ph.D. in psychology and education as well as two master’s degrees in education from the University of Michigan; he also graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles. His research uses a social psychological lens to explore key topics in higher education, including college diversity, student success, college admissions, college rankings, and research methodology. Since 2009, he has written at least 70 journal articles, 20 book chapters, and 90 peer-reviewed conference papers. His work has appeared in Review of Educational Research, Educational Researcher, American Educational Research Journal, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and other top outlets. He is also an author of How College Affects Students (Volume 3), which synthesized over 1,800 studies on the impact of college.

Emeritus Director

Ernie Pascarella is Professor and the Mary Louise Petersen Endowed Chair in Higher Education at the University of Iowa.  His research focuses on the impact of college on students, and he is co-author of the 1991 and 2005 books: How College Affects Students (Vols. 1 and 2). He has received the research awards of such national organizations as the Association for Institutional Research, American Educational Research Association (Division-J), Association for the Study of Higher Education, American College Personnel Association, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators, and Council of Independent Colleges. In 1990, he served as president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education and received that association’s Howard R. Bowen Distinguished Career Award in 2003. His recent publications in affiliation with the work of CRUE appear in such outlets as Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Higher Education, and Journal of College Student Development

Faculty Associates

Brian An is Associate Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa. He attained a Ph.D. and M.S. in sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research broadly focuses on sociology of education, educational stratification, college choice, college persistence, and degree attainment. More specifically, his research focuses on a sociological tradition that combines the study of educational transitions (e.g., the transition from high school to college) and students’ participation in the stratified curriculum (e.g., high school tracking). His work has appeared in Educational Evaluation and Policy AnalysisSocial Science ResearchJournal of Higher Education, Research in Higher EducationJournal of College Student Development, and other top outlets.

Cassie L. Barnhardt is Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Iowa. She holds her Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Michigan, a Master’s in Student Affairs from Michigan State University, and two bachelor’s degrees also from the University of Michigan. Cassie’s research focuses on various aspects of civic and public engagement including how college students learn about and enact social responsibility, and how universities, as organizations, contribute to democracy and civic life. Cassie has published in Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of College Student DevelopmentReview of Higher Education, among others. Some of her work has been pursued with financial support from the John Templeton Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Cassie teaches graduate courses on the administration of student affairs, organizational behavior and management in postsecondary institutions, and research methods.

Katharine Broton is Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Iowa. She attained a Ph.D. and M.S. in Sociology and a B.S. in Sociology and Afro American Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research broadly focuses on sociology of education, social stratification, and education policy. She uses multiple methods to examine the role of poverty and inequality in higher education as well as policies and programs designed to minimize related disparities and promote college success. Her work has appeared in Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, The New York Times, and Wisconsin Public Television, among others. The National Science Foundation, Kresge Foundation, Lumina Foundation, and others have supported her research. She teaches graduate courses on research methods, finance in higher education, and higher education policy.

Jodi L. Linley is Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Iowa. She holds her Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University, a MA degree in Student Development from the University of Iowa, and a bachelor’s degree in English also from the University of Iowa. Jodi’s research broadly focuses on minoritized collegians’ experiences and supports. More specifically, Jodi studies college student meaning-making about campus culture and campus diversity messaging; minoritized college student success; and higher education socialization. Jodi has published in the Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice, College Teaching, Whiteness & Education, NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education, New Directions for Student Services, among others. Jodi teaches graduate courses on college students and their development, issues and policies in higher education, and advanced qualitative research methods. She is currently PI on three grants from the ACPA Foundation, Iowa Measurement Research Foundation, and Spencer Foundation centered on studying LGBTQ+ college students.

Michael B. Paulsen is Professor Emeritus of Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Iowa. He received his Ph.D. in higher education/economics from the University of Iowa, MA in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and BA in economics/sociology from St. Ambrose University. His research focuses on teaching, learning & curriculum; economics/finance, student choice, persistence & success. He is Series Editor of Higher Education: Handbook of Theory & Research. He has published several books: College Choice; Taking Teaching Seriously and Teaching & Learning in the College Classroom (w/K. Feldman); Finance of Higher Education (w/J. Smart); Economics of Higher Education and Applying Economics to IR (w/R. Toutkoushian). His research has appeared in journals such as Research in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Higher Education,Economics of Education Review, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. He received the ASHE Research Achievement Award in 2015.

KC Culver
kc-culver@uiowa.edu

KC is a doctoral candidate in Higher Education and Student Affairs and a graduate fellow affiliated with CRUE. Using a critical quantitative lens, her research focuses on the potential for academic experiences to prepare students to be informed and active participants in their communities. She approaches this issue at multiple levels, examining instructional practices, curricular programs, faculty careers, institutional policy, and survey measurement. Her work has appeared in journals including Research in Higher Education and The Journal of Higher Education, and she is co-editing an issue of New Directions for Teaching and Learning scheduled to appear in 2019.

Joshua Holmes
joshua-holmes@uiowa.edu

Joshua Holmes is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program as well as a master’s student in the Psychological and Quantitative Foundations educational measurement and statistics program. His research interests broadly include quasi-experimental designs within higher educational contexts, conditional effects, and how college affects students.

Nayoung Jang
nayoung-jang@uiowa.edu

Nayoung Jang is a third-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Her research interests include college student development and experiences focusing on spiritual development and liberal arts experiences as well as teaching and learning and international comparative education.

Lindsay Jarratt
lindsay-jarratt@uiowa.edu

Lindsay Jarratt is in her third year of doctoral studies in the Schools, Culture, and Society program at the University of Iowa. Her research interests focus on the role educational systems play in the production and maintenance of social dominance, implicit and explicit transmission of power and ownership in learning ecologies, and capacities of education to resist or transform systems of oppression.

Shinji Katsumoto

shinji-katsumoto@uiowa.edu

Shinji Katsumoto is a first-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program and a graduate researcher at CRUE. His areas of interest include college student learning experiences and outcomes in the U.S. and foreign countries as well as impacts of world university rankings.

Alex C. Lange
alex-lange@uiowa.edu

Alex C. Lange is a second-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the University of Iowa. Alex’s research interests include how students make meaning of their dominant identities and internalized dominance, the strategies of success for students minoritized by their gender, race, sexuality, class and ability, and using overlapping critical and poststructural frameworks to complicate student development theories. They are currently working on projects related to transgender students pathways into higher education and LGBTQ student success broadly.

Laila McCloud
laila-mccloud@uiowa.edu

Laila McCloud is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs (HESA) program. She works on a John Templeton Foundation funded project to evaluate the culture of ethics and integrity at Emory University. McCloud's own research broadly explores the academic and social experiences of Black students at historically Black colleges and universities. She's currently interested in the ways HBCUs transmit social and cultural capital to students through campus policies. McCloud currently serves as an AERA Graduate Student Representative for Division J (Postsecondary Education). 

Milad Mohebali

milad-mohebali@uiowa.edu

Milad Mohebali is a second-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the University of Iowa. He is interested in educational experiences that cultivate students’ civic agency to bring about organizational and social change. His research mainly focuses on engaged scholarship, student activism, labor, and critical approaches to organizational analysis.

SuYeong Shin

suyeong-shin@uiowa.edu

SuYeong Shin is a fourth-year doctoral student in the School, Culture, and Society program. Her research focuses on the role of differentiation and privatization in structuring access to higher education, with particular interests in college admissions, non-resident freshman enrollment, and policies for excellence in national and international contexts.

Nicholas Stroup

nicholas-stroup@uiowa.edu

Nicholas Stroup is a first-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program and a graduate researcher for CRUE. His research interests include graduate and professional education, student outcomes, and higher education socialization.