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William Doyle

Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations

Will Doyle is a professor of higher education in the department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. His research includes evaluating the impact of higher education policy, the antecedents and outcomes of higher education policy at the state level and the study of political behavior as it affects higher education. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt, he was Senior Policy Analyst at the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. Doyle received a Master’s degree in Political Science and a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Stanford University in 2004.

Doyle's recent work has explored the link between geographic opportunity for higher education and its impact on both earnings and civic outcomes. His recent policy-related work has examined the status of college affordability in every sector of higher education in all 50 states.


Recent Publications:

Doyle, W. R. and Skinner, B. T. (2016a). Does higher education result in civic benefits? Forthcoming in Journal of Higher Education

Baker, D. and Doyle, W. R. (2016). Impact of community college student debt levels on educational attainment. Forthcoming in The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science

Delaney, J. A. and Doyle, W. R. (2016). Patterns and volatility in state funding for higher education, 1951-2006. Forthcoming in Teachers College Record

Doyle, W. R. and Skinner, B. T. (2016c). Estimating the education-earnings equation using geographic variation. Economics of Education Review, 53:254–267

Doyle, W. and Zumeta, W. (2014). State-Level Responses to the Access and Completion Challenge in the New Era of Austerity. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 655(1):79–98


Recent Reports:

College Affordability Diagnosis

Mapping College Affordability