Team

Team

Principal Investigators

Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

Tatiana Melguizo, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the USC Rossier School of Education. She works in the field of economics of higher education. She uses quantitative methods of analysis to study the association of different factors such as student trajectories as well as public policies on the persistence and educational outcomes of minority and low-income students. Dr. Melguizo earned her Ph.D. in economics of education at Stanford University and also holds a master’s degree in social policy and planning in developing countries from the London School of Economics. Her work has been published in Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Teachers College Record, The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, and Research in Higher Education and Higher Education.

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Johannes M. Bos, Ph.D., a vice president of Education, Human Development, and the Workforce at the American Institutes for Research (AIR). He is an expert in program evaluation and policy analysis in the areas of education, welfare reform, and labor policy. In his 20-year career in policy research, Dr. Bos has designed and directed numerous large-scale evaluation studies, ranging in scope from evaluations of professional development for child care workers to evaluations of contracting practices in the U.S. workforce investment system. Within all of these projects, Dr. Bos provides particular leadership in the areas of study design, data collection, and statistical analysis. Dr. Bos earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration from NYU in 1995 and also holds a master’s degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Delft University in the Netherlands. He has published in Child Development, the Journal of Human Resources, and Evaluation Review.

Los Angeles Community College District

George Prather, Ph.D. served as Chief of the Office of Institutional Research and Information in the District Office of the Los Angeles Community Colleges for over two decades and as such is the architect of the Institutional Research Data System of the district which brings together student enrollment records, assessment data, student demographic information and survey data from the nine colleges of the district. He also served as the principal research support for the Student Success Initiative of the Los Angeles Community Colleges investigating student assessment, placement and success. He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.A and B.A. also in Political Science from the University of Iowa.

Research Assistants

Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

  • Holly Kosiewicz, M.A. is a Ph.D. student in the Urban Education Policy program at the University of Southern California. She uses qualitative and quantitative methods to evaluate policies that seek to improve success among college students who are low-income and of color. She has a Master’s in International Development from the Heller School for Social Policy at Brandeis University and has conducted education research in the U.S., Colombia, and Peru.
  • Kristen E. Fong, M.A. is a doctoral student and research assistant in the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the USC Rossier School of Education. She utilizes quantitative methods to examine the various factors and pathways that play a role in community college students’ persistence and success. Kristen graduated from Claremont-McKenna College with a dual major in Economics and Psychology and earned her Master’s degree in Psychology at California State University, Fullerton.
  • Federick Ngo, M.A. is a doctoral student in the Ph.D. program in Urban Education Policy at the USC Rossier School of Education. He studies access, persistence, and success in postsecondary education for low-income and minority students as well as math instruction in urban schools. Federick earned master’s degrees from Stanford University in educational administration and policy analysis, and the teaching of mathematics. Prior to joining the doctoral program at USC Rossier, he taught high school mathematics for several years in Oakland, California.
  • Bo Kim
  • Will Kwon
  • Amber Hroch

American Institutes for Research (AIR)

 

  • Lindsay Poland
  • Nicholas Mills

Undergraduate Assistants

  • Samantha Castillo
  • John Hernandez
  • Dorothy Le
  • Janet Nhan
  • Robert Raad
  • George Wu