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Paul Rubin

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PhD, 2017

Paul Rubin is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. His current research examines higher education policies aimed at improving college access and degree attainment, particularly for traditionally underrepresented populations, and the influence of state and institutional characteristics on the policy-making process.

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) named Paul Rubin as one of four scholars to be an AERA Congressional Fellow for 2017-18. He spent a year in Washington, D.C., working on the staff of a member of Congress or a congressional committee, and use his research expertise to inform policy.

While at Georgia, he served as project manager and lead graduate researcher on a W.T. Grant Foundation-funded project with IHE faculty members Erik Ness and James Hearn investigating the role of intermediary organizations in the research utilization process around state-level college completion policies. Rubin's research focuses on understanding the organizational conditions that influence the higher education policy process at the state and institutional level.

Rubin received his Ph.D. in higher education from the University of Georgia in 2017. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in communication and political science from Boston College and his Master of Science in Education in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to enrolling in the doctoral program at the Institute of Higher Education, Rubin was a research analyst for Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates - an executive search firm focusing on upper-level administrative searches in the education and nonprofit sectors - and previously worked in admissions and financial aid at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Arcadia University.


News Featuring Paul Rubin

by Jewel Caruso

Paul Rubin (PhD 2017), Barrett Taylor (PhD 2012), and Brendan Cantwell (former McBee postdoc) contributed to a recent article in Inside Higher Ed by Ryan Quinn, "Are Professors Really Fleeing Universities in Red States…

Professor Erik Ness co-edited an in-depth look at the current state of research on education policymaking in Canada, the United States, and Western Europe.

by Jewel Caruso

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) recently released the book, Volatility in State Spending for Higher Education edited by Jennifer A. Delaney.

by Jewel Caruso

Three McBee Institute graduates and a postdoctoral associate combined forces to research funding trends during the pandemic, Paul Rubin (PhD 2017), Meredith Billings (Postdoc Research and Teaching Associate 2017-2019), Lindsey Hammond (…

A large number of MIHE students, faculty, alumni, and former postdoctoral associates are participating in the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Cultivating Equitable Education Systems for the 21st Century. The…

Not all higher education intermediary organizations experience the sustained growth and effectiveness of Complete College America (CCA).

Three IHE graduates collaborated for a chapter in Wiley Handbook of Gender Equity in Higher Education (2020). 

Paul G. Rubin, Erin B. Ciarimboli, and Lindsay B. Coco wrote, "Governing Boards and Their Relationship to …

An article by a team of IHE faculty, students, and an alumnus appears in Educational Policy OnlineFirst. Lindsey Hammond, Philip Adams, Paul G. Rubin (PhD 2017), and Erik C. Ness use rhetorical analysis to examine how 11 influential intermediaries…

A new article by Paul Rubin (PhD 2017) and Erik Ness is available online from Higher Education Policy. The research appeared in the Online First site on July 8.

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