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Stephen Porter


My bio and vitae can be found here> For prospective doctoral students: I am interested in working with students who wish to earn their Ph.D. and then 1) Become a faculty member in education; 2) Analyze education policy (e.g., for a think tank or higher education governance board); or 3) Conduct assessment and evaluation work in institutional research or student affairs. My main substantive area of interest (outside of research methods) is understanding how programs and policies affect student outcomes, from college access to labor market outcomes after college. I use quantitative methods in this area, so I am looking for students who are also interested in developing and using their quantitative skills to study elementary, secondary and postsecondary students. Unlike most other higher education doctoral programs, our research methods sequence offers advanced training in areas such as quasi-experimental methods and survey research. These skills are increasingly in demand in academia and the public and private sectors.


Courses Taught

  • ED 795 Special Topics: Causal Inference in Educational Research
  • ED 711 Intermediate Quantitative Research Methods

Research Areas