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Jenna Cullinane


Jenna Cullinane recently completed her Master's of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.  Her recent research topics include community college finance, international higher education, economic returns to education, STEM education, and improving student success for underserved populations in higher education.  While pursing her doctorate, Jenna will continue working at the Charles A. Dana Center on a developmental mathematics redesign project.  Prior to graduate study, she was Special Assistant to the President at the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP), a Washington DC-based nonprofit organization seeking to improve access and equity in higher education. In this role, she managed programs and research projects, coordinated federal policy initiatives on behalf of the Alliance for Equity in Higher Education, and played an instrumental role in IHEP’s international policy portfolio. Jenna completed her bachelor’s degree at The University of California–Berkeley in legal studies with a concentration in education. Other professional experiences include work with Deloitte Consulting LLC, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, Families Against Mandatory Minimums, and U.S. Congressman Vernon Ehlers. Her outside interests include travel, tennis, live music, and investigating new food trucks in Austin.  

Research Interests: Higher Education Policy, Economics of Education, International Comparative Policy Analysis