Research Associates

Daniel Almeida
Assistant Professor
Dr. Daniel J. Almeida is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where he teaches Student Development Theory in the Master’s program. Read more...
Ricardo Azziz
Visiting Scholar
A educator-scientist-executive with over 20 years of leadership experience in higher education, research, and healthcare, Dr. Azziz currently serves as Regents’ Professor, Georgia Regents University (GRU), Senior Fellow, and American Association of State Colleges & Universities. Read more...
Michelle Castellanos
Research Associate
LMU
Michelle conducts institutional research at Loyola Marymount University aimed at influencing data driven decision-making. Michelle also teaches several graduate and undergraduate courses including student development, human development, and research methods. Read more...
Randy Clemens
Assistant Professor
St. John’s University
Randall Clemens is an Assistant Professor at St. John’s University. He received his B.A. in English from University of Maryland at College Park and his M.S. in Supervision and Administration from Johns Hopkins University. Read more...
Mark DeFusco
Senior Research Associate
USC
Mark DeFusco, most recently with Berkery Noyes, a Wall Street investment bank, holds a long and varied experience in higher education management. He served as Chief Executive Officer/President at Vatterott Education Holdings, a private equity-held for-profit college with 20 campuses in nine Midwest states. Read more...
Tracy Fullerton
Director Game Innovation Lab
USC
Co-founder and director of the EA Game Innovation Lab, Tracy Fullerton is a game designer, entrepreneur, and author of Game Design Workshop, a design textbook in use at game programs worldwide. Among her courses are Introduction to Interactive Entertainment, Intermediate Game Design and Development and Advanced Game Project. Read more...
tfullerton@cinema.usc.edu
Sean Gehrke
Institutional Director
Lewis-Clark State College
Sean Gehrke is the director of Institutional Planning, Research, and Assessment at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, ID. His research focuses on organizational issues in higher education relating to social networks, leadership, organizational change, and educational reform, as well as how the college environment and student experiences influence learning and development.Read more here.
Ronn Hallett
Assistant Professor
University of the Pacific
Ronn Hallett is an Assistant Professor in the Benerd School of Education at the University of the Pacific. His research interests include the influence of social context on educational participation and achievement. Read more...
Karri Holley
Associate Professor
University of Alabama
Karri Holley is an associate professor of higher education at the University of Alabama. Her research interests include interdisciplinarity, graduate education, and qualitative inquiry. She has published in Educational Researcher, Higher Education, and Studies in Higher Education. Read more...
Vicente Lechuga
Associate Professor
Texas A&M University
Vicente M. Lechuga is Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration in the Department of Educational Administration and Human Resource Development at Texas A&M University. His research focuses on faculty work and the professoriate. Read more...
Jonathan Mathis
Directory of NASSP National Honor Societies
The pursuit of excellence—in academia, within the community, through organizational leadership, and otherwise—is core to the professional identity of Dr. Jonathan Mathis. His work spans both secondary and postsecondary educational institutions, with a focus on college access and success..Read more...
Daniel Maxey
Provost's Fellow at Santa Clara University
He is currently Provost's Fellow in the Office of the Provost at Santa Clara University. He previously was Dean's Fellow in Urban Education Policy in the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. Read more...
Federick Ngo
Assistant Professor
Federick Ngo completed his Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy at USC in 2017. He is now an Assistant Professor of Higher Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Read more
Amanda Ochsner
Research Associate
Amanda Ochsner is a postdoctoral research associate at the Pullias Center for Higher Education in the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. There she is working on the Pullias Center’s First in the World grant, exploring a game-based intervention designed to teach California high school students about the process of applying for college and financial aid. Read more...
Raquel Rall
UC Postdoctoral Fellow
UC Riverside
Raquel Rall is a UC Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Riverside. Prior to this position, she served as Assistant Research Professor in the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. Read more...
Stefani Relles
Assistant Professor
UNLV
Stefani Relles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Higher Education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her work focuses on college access and equity in the context of public and institutional policy research. Read more...
Jenna Sablan
Research Associate
LMU
Jenna received her Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy and M.A. in Economics from University of Southern California in 2015. She completed a B.A. in Political Science, B.A. in Social Policy, and Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies from American University, where she was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar. Read more...
Margaret Sallee
Associate Professor
University at Buffalo
Margaret Sallee earned her Ph.D. in Urban Education with a focus in Higher Education along with a Graduate Certificate in Gender Studies from the University of Southern California, her M.A. in Higher Education and Student Affairs from The Ohio State University, and her B.A. in English and French from UC Berkeley... Read more...
Cecile Sam
Assistant Professor
Rowan University
Dr. Sam is a qualitative researcher whose current focus in on the nexus between grassroots leadership, faculty work, and educational policy that spans K-20 contexts. She is particularly interested in the role ethics plays in these areas. Her previous work includes studies on non- tenure track faculty in higher education, program evaluation, and Common Core reform initiatives. Read more...
Ji Zhou
Research Assistant
USC
Ji conducts institutional research for Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California. She analyzes a variety of faculty and student demographics and performance data to assess teaching, learning, and research. Read more...