Erin Ciarimboli is a doctoral candidate at the Institute, where her dissertation research focuses on the role of family and institutional assets in shaping stratification in college access, enrollment, and choice. Her broad research interests include the intersection of access and policy issues, the sociology of higher education, and the independent college sector. During her time as a graduate research assistant at IHE, she has conducted research on liberal arts colleges, net price calculators, the Common Application, federal loan policy, and gender and trusteeship, presenting her findings at several national conferences. She is also actively involved in college access and immigration issues through her leadership at U-Lead Athens, a nonprofit organization dedicated to equal access to higher education for un(der)documented, first generation, and minority students of immigrant families in the local community.
Ciarimboli earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of Kentucky and her Master of Arts in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University. During her time at Ohio State, she worked in academic support roles in Student Athlete Support Services and at the Dennis Learning Center. Following her time at Ohio State, Ciarimboli worked at Kenyon College (Gambier, Ohio) for eight years as assistant dean for academic advising and director of New Student Orientation and Community Programs. These roles encompassed a variety of responsibilities in student affairs, including orientation, pre-orientation programs, women’s programs, and community service initiatives.