PhD Fellows

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Current Doctoral Fellows

Ziyan Bai

Ziyan  is a Ph.D. Candidate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, focusing on Higher Education at the University of Washington. She is currently working on her dissertation to investigate the institutional rationale behind establishing self-sustaining master’s programs in public research universities, and student motivations to join these programs. Her study involves comprehensive understanding of master’s education, organizational theories, and student motivations into higher education.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from Nankai University in China and Master’s degree from University of Washington.

 Jim Pridgeon


Associated Doctoral Fellows

Christian K. Love


Christian K. Love is a PhD student in Higher Education at the University of Washington. His research is focused on the academic, social and professional experiences of students of color at predominantly white institutions through student engagement and retention-based initiatives. Specifically, he is interested in examining how service learning and role-model mentorship models impact the educational attainment of students of color in post-secondary education with respect to equity and access, recruitment, retention and achievement.


Elba Moise

Elba2Elba earned her bachelors degree in Psychology from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, and then a master’s of Public Health degree with a Graduate Certificate in College and University Teaching from Oregon State University in Corvallis, Oregon. Elba is currently a third year PhD student in Multicultural Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research interests include access to higher education, identity development, graduate teaching assistants, inclusive/equitable learning environments, critical pedagogy as a means of transformational learning, and dialogic practices for working effectively across difference. Her current research examines the intersecting racialized and teaching identities of Graduate Teaching Assistants of Color at predominantly White institutions.



Jim is involved in development and editing of research grants, publications and web content.  He is also involved with marketing and contributes to NIH sponsored research capacity-building efforts in Latin America by supporting grant writing and publications with the Latin American Brain Injury Consortium.  He has 30 years experience in research administration and has helped raise over $100 million for neuroscience research.




Roxana Chiappa
 received her PhD  in Higher Education in May 2019. Her dissertation analyzed the effects of social class of origin on the career of doctorate holders in Chile. 
Currently, Roxana is working on an international comparative analysis of the career of doctorate holders in emerging economies. Research interests: doctorate education, internationalization of higher education, scientific and innovation policies implemented in less industrialized countries. 



Amy Li
Amy Li is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Leadership at the University of Northern Colorado. She teaches finance, public policy, assessment and evaluation, and organizations and administration. Her research focuses on higher education finance and public policy, specifically performance funding, student loan debt, state policy adoption, and “free” college/Promise programs. She studies the impact of local and state policies on student access and college completion and is particularly interested in outcomes for historically underrepresented populations (e.g. students of color, lower SES). Dr. Li’s recent work appears in Research in Higher Education, Community College Review, Educational Policy, the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, with forthcoming work in Teachers College Record and The Review of Higher Education.