Directors

Nicholas A. Bowman

Director

Nicholas A. Bowman

Bowman is the Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education, professor of higher education and student affairs, and senior research fellow in the Public Policy Center 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 student success, diversity and equity, undergraduate admissions, rankings, and quantitative research methodology. His work has appeared in nearly 100 peer-reviewed journal articles in outlets such as Review of Educational Research, Educational Researcher, Sociology of Education, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and Science Advances. He is a co-author of How College Affects Students (Volume 3), which synthesized over 1,800 studies on the impact of college.

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Emeritus Director

Ernest T. Pascarella

Pascarella is Professor Emeritus and the former 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 Affiliates

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 EducationResearch in Higher EducationJournal of College Student Development, and other top outlets.

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.

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 ResearcherEducational Evaluation and Policy AnalysisThe 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.

Linley is Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at the University of Iowa. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education from Michigan State University and has more than a decade of full-time student affairs leadership experience. Dr. Linley’s research has far-reaching practical implications broadly focused on minoritized collegians’ experiences, supports, and success. More specifically, she studies college student meaning-making about campus culture and campus diversity messaging; higher education socialization and the agents charged with enacting socialization; and she is PI of multiple research studies focused on LGBTQ+ college student success. Her publications are featured in the Journal of College Student DevelopmentJournal of Student Affairs Research & Practice, New Directions for Student Services, among others. At Iowa, Dr. Linley teaches master’s and doctoral courses on college students and their development, teaching and learning in higher education, and advanced qualitative research methods.

Graduate Researchers 2021-2022

Carly Armour
carly-armour@uiowa.edu
Carly Armour (she/her) is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Her research interests include the college experiences of minoritized students -- including students with disabilities and students with multiple marginalized identities -- and how higher education systems’ inequities can be disrupted and transformed to assist these students with their persistence to graduation completion. Through comparative international studies, she also examines the experiences and barriers that minoritized students encounter across the globe (e.g., graduate student mothers, international students with disabilities).

Celine D. Fender
celine-fender@uiowa.edu
Celine D. Fender (she/her) is a second-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Her research interest include mothers in academia, trends in international higher education and student mobility,  and activism among student-athletes.

Solomon Fenton-Miller
solomon-fenton-miller@uiowa.edu
Solomon Fenton-Miller (he/him) is a second-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. His interests include learning analytics, online learning, and the use of technology in the classroom.

Mavis Gyesi
mavis-gyesi@uiowa.edu
Mavis Gyesi is a first-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Her research interests include educational attainment and diverse social outcomes, educational inequalities, and comparative international education.

Molly Hall-Martin
molly-hall-martin@uiowa.edu
Molly Hall-Martin (she/her) is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Her research focuses on higher education policy and its impacts on student access and outcomes, especially as it relates to Indigenous students. She also studies the policies and politics surrounding Confucius Institutes, higher education governance, governing boards, and state agencies.

Lauren Irwin
lauren-irwin@uiowa.edu
Lauren Irwin (she/her) is a doctoral in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Her research uses critical theories of whiteness and legitimation to examine and disrupt racial inequities in co-curricular programs, like leadership education.

Lindsay Jarratt
lindsay-jarratt@uiowa.edu
Lindsay Jarratt is a doctoral candidate 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 negotiation of power and ownership in learning ecologies, and capacities of education to resist or transform systems of oppression.

Jeongmin Ji
jeongmin-ji@uiowa.edu
Jeongmin Ji is a third-year doctoral student in the Schools, Culture, and Society Program. Her research interests focus on the sociology of higher education. She explores the impact of societal context in higher education settings as well as curriculum development and admission policies.

Sam Kaser
samuel-kaser@uiowa.edu
Sam Kaser is a first-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. His research interests include student access and success, public health outcomes for college-going individuals, and quantitative methods in educational research.

Shinji Katsumoto
shinji-katsumoto@uiowa.edu
Shinji Katsumoto (he/him) is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Ph.D. program and a graduate researcher at CRUE. His research focuses on student success and world university rankings in the international education context. His recent studies examine how college experiences of international students in the United States influence their psychological and academic outcomes.

Jeff Ching-Fan Lai
ching-fan-lai@uiowa.edu
Jeff Ching-Fan Lai (he/him) is a third-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. His research interests include college students’ understanding of civics/democracy, engaged scholars, student activism, community engagement, and navigating/facilitating difficult dialogues.

Gordon Louie
gordon-louie@uiowa.edu
Gordon Louie is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs doctoral program. His research interests are on campus internationalization efforts in the U.S., skills and practices for navigating difficult dialogues, and gamification as well as gaming environments broadly in higher education. 

Milad Mohebali
milad-mohebali@uiowa.edu
Milad Mohebali is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the University of Iowa. He also has a graduate minor in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. His research focuses on three systemic issues in higher education: experiences of basic needs insecurity among US college students, addressing institutional racism through difficult dialogues in higher education, and the study of power in knowledge production and valuation processes at research universities in relationship to modernity/coloniality. Milad’s scholarship, broadly, gestures toward decolonial and abolitionist futures.

Lisa Nakahara
lisa-nakahara@uiowa.edu
Lisa Nakahara is a second-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Her research interests include the internationalization of STEM education and the history of women’s participation in STEM fields.

Maria-Victoria Perez
maria-victoria-perez@uiowa.edu
Maria-Victoria Perez (she/her) is a first-year student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs doctoral program. Her research includes students with serious and severe mental health and their sense of belonging (+ success), LGBTQ+ college students (moving beyond tolerance), and the socialization of college students with dis(abilities).

Man Phan
man-phan@uiowa.edu
Man Phan is a first-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Her research interests include international student mobility, student success, and issues in international higher education.

Allen K. Schaidle
allen-schaidle@uiowa.edu
Allen Kenneth Schaidle (he/him) is a first-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the University of Iowa. His research interests intersect civic education, rural education, and global education.

Nicholas R. Stroup
nicholas-stroup@uiowa.edu
Nicholas R. Stroup (he/him) is a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program and a graduate researcher for CRUE. His topical research interests include graduate and professional schools, global contexts of higher education, and theories of student socialization. He uses both quantitative and qualitative methodologies in approaching questions about graduate education phenomena. He currently serves as the graduate student representative to the University of Iowa Research Council.

Nikki Tennessen
nicole-tennessen@uiowa.edu
Nikki Tennessen (she/her) is a second-year doctoral student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program. Her research interests include the roles of student motivation and expectations on student success, as well as how institutions use assessment data to inform decision-making.