Kristan Venegas

Assistant Professor of Clinical Education, Director, Masters Program,  Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Evaluation
Ph.D., University of Southern California

Dr. Venegas earned her Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy Analysis at the University of Southern California. Prior to joining the Rossier faculty, she served as an assistant professor of educational leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno. With more than 15 years of experience in student services, she teaches courses related to postsecondary administration and student affairs. In addition to her role as the director of Masters Programs, she is an assistant professor of clinical education and a research associate in the Center for Higher Education Policy Analysis.

Her research agenda focuses on college access and financial aid for low-income students of color. Her work has appeared in American Behavioral Scientist, Urban Education, American Academic, Educational Studies and the Journal of Student Financial Aid. She is a former James Irvine Minority Doctoral Fellow, ASHE/Lumina Dissertation Fellow, and USC Mexican American Alumni Scholar. Her most recently funded research projects are related to the role of college preparation programs in providing financial aid information.