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Principal Investigators (PIs)

Taylor Odle, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Taylor Odle is an Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies and affiliate in Data Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is an expert on issues in the economics of education with a specific focus on college access and success. His research focuses on identifying strategies that “work” at reducing racial and socioeconomic inequality in students’ transitions from high school to college—most commonly done in close partnership with state agencies and non-profit organizations. This includes a focus on college admissions practices, college advising/coaching, and financial aid and student debt. He is particularly interested in how state and federal higher education policy can influence students’ access to and success in college.

Jeremy Wright-Kim

Assistant Professor, University of Michigan

Jeremy Wright-Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher & Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. He utilizes a range of quantitative and qualitative approaches to interrogate issues of equity in postsecondary education, with a particular focus on higher education finance, financial aid, and community colleges; recent projects include stackable credentials, community college baccalaureates, college promise programs, categorical and capital funding, and student debt. Overall, his work examines the tradeoffs and potential impacts of public policy on students’ navigation of higher education, as well as on the institutions that serve them.

Jorge Burmicky, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Howard University
Dr. Jorge Burmicky is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Howard University. His research examines presidential leadership in higher education, with an emphasis on equity-minded and socially just leadership at minority-serving institutions (MSIs), community colleges, and broadly accessible institutions. His research also explores policies and practices that support the educational outcomes of men of color, specifically the impact of men of color programs in student success, Latino men in community colleges, and promising student affairs practices.


Elise Marifian

Ph.D. Candidate in Economics, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Meng (Melody) Wang

Ph.D. Student in Higher Education, University of Michigan

Advisory Board

Melanie Carter, Ph.D.
Associate Provost
Associate Professor of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Director, Center for HBCU Research, Leadership, and Policy
Howard University

Laura Perna, Ph.D.
Vice Provost for Faculty
GSE Centennial Presidential Professor of Education
Executive Director, Penn AHEAD
University of Pennsylvania

Nicholas Hillman, Ph.D.
Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Director, Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab
University of Wisconsin–Madison