Research

My research falls into four broad categories:

  • Higher Education Finance and Policy
  • Lobbying and Interest Groups in Education
  • Politics and Public Opinion in Higher Education
  • Civic, Religious, and Political Engagement

Most of my work treats postsecondary institutions as units of analysis. I’m very interested in the ways in which colleges and universities impact the public policy process through organized political action and lobbying activity. Furthermore, I enjoy examining the ways in which broad-sweeping public policies – like minimum wage increases – affect colleges and universities.  I’m also very interested in how colleges and universities instill civic values and behaviors in their students. Lastly, I’ve begun to delve into the world of public opinion as related to higher education institutions, asking “how can policymakers and universities frame policies in a way that garners public support?”

For more information on my research see my CV above.