Kristen Linthicum earned her Bachelor of Arts degrees in journalism and political science from the University of Georgia and her Master of Education in higher education from the University of Virginia.
Before earning her master’s degree, Linthicum worked in development and alumni relations at Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Medicine. She planned class reunions and student events and assisted with donor recognition. At the University of Virginia she worked as a graduate assistant in the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs.
Linthicum’s research focuses on how institutions respond to state and federal policy mandates, specifically in the areas of college completion and performance funding. She is the inaugural recipient of the Thomas Dyer Outstanding Dissertation Research Award, which is given for “rigorous original scholarship in the field of higher education.” She currently works as a graduate research assistant in the Office of the President at UGA.