Doctoral Student

Monica Maldonado earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Berry College and graduated with a Master of Arts in Higher Education, Student Affairs, and International Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Prior to joining IHE, Monica developed her college access and student affairs experience working with students through the Posse Foundation, LAYC Career Academy PCS, and the University of Maryland's Leadership and Community Service-Learning office. In addition, she gained exposure to research and educational policy through her internships at the U.S. Department of Education for the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, Institute for Higher Education Policy, and Education Strategy Group.

Her research interests are focused on the role of public policy on the college access and success of historically underrepresented students (students of color, first-generation, and low-income) as it pertains to college affordability and community college transfer pathways. Having received the Presidential Graduate Fellowship, she is a research assistant working with Dr. Spencer.