Robert K. Toutkoushian

Professor of Higher Education


Ph.D., Indiana University



Dr. Robert Toutkoushian, Professor of Higher Education at UGA’s Institute of Higher Education, holds a Ph.D. in economics from Indiana University and specializes in the application of economic theories and quantitative methods to problems in higher education.

Prior to joining the IHE in 2009, Dr. Toutkoushian held a faculty position in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University, he worked as a research analyst at the University of Minnesota, and also as executive director of the Office of Policy Analysis at the University System of New Hampshire.

Professor Toutkoushian has published more than fifty studies in peer-reviewed journals and edited books on topics including faculty compensation, student demand for higher education, finance, and policy analysis. More recently, along with Mike Paulsen he published the book Economics of Higher Education: Background, Concepts, and Applications (Springer, 2016).

Dr. Toutkoushian is currently involved in an analysis of educator pension plans, a study of the success of first-generation college students, a study of the determinants of excess revenues for colleges, and a study of how students define the markets that they consider for going to college. He is also editor of the journal Research in Higher Education, which is regarded as one of the leading journals in the field of higher education.