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Christopher T. Bennett

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Chris Bennett is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University and a 2020-21 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellow. His research examines the ways that higher education policies can influence the trajectories of individuals and institutions, with a particular emphasis on students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education. In his work, he primarily uses quasi-experimental and other quantitative methods to study issues related to college access, graduate/professional education, and labor market outcomes for students. His work has been published by or is forthcoming in Education Finance and Policy, Education Next, and the National Center for Education Statistics.

Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, Chris worked at RTI International as a research analyst on a variety of federally sponsored postsecondary education surveys, including the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study (NPSAS) series. In this role, he helped design survey instruments, oversaw data collection activities, and assisted in the development of final data files.

He received his bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and American Institutions from Brown University