The mission of the Pullias Center for Higher Education is to bring a multidisciplinary perspective to complex social, political, and economic issues in higher education. The Center is located within the Rossier School of Education at USC. Since 1996 the center has engaged in action-oriented research projects regarding successful college outreach programs, financial aid and access for low- to moderate-income students of color, use of technology to supplement college counseling services, effective postsecondary governance, emerging organizational forms such as for-profit institutions, and the retention of doctoral students of color.

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  • Bill Tierney

    Bill Tierney


    Dr. Tierney earned a master's degree from Harvard University and...

  • Adrianna Kezar

    Adrianna Kezar


    Dr. Adrianna Kezar, Professor of Higher Education, University of Southern...

  • Shafiqa Ahmadi

    Shafiqa Ahmadi

    Associate Professor

    Shafiqa Ahmadi is an Associate Professor of Clinical Education at...

  • Darnell Cole

    Darnell Cole

    Associate Professor

    Dr. Cole is an Associate Professor of Education with an...

  • Zoe Corwin

    Zoe Corwin

    Research Associate Professor

    Dr. Corwin currently directs the Collegeology Games project for the...

  • Tatiana Melguizo

    Tatiana Melguizo

    Associate Professor

    Tatiana Melguizo received a Ph.D. in Economics of Education from...

  • Julie Posselt

    Julie Posselt

    Assistant Professor

    Dr. Julie Posselt is an Assistant Professor of higher education...

  • John Slaughter

    John Slaughter

    Professor of Education and Engineering

    Dr. John Brooks Slaughter’s education research has been in the...

  • Kristen Venegas

    Kristen Venegas

    Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives

    Dr. Venegas earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy Analysis...

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