Sean Baser is a doctoral student in the Institute of Higher Education. He serves as a graduate research assistant in the Research & Policy Analysis division of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia. Baser’s research centers on education politics and policy, concentrating on interest group activity in state higher education policymaking. He is particularly interested in how intermediary groups (namely, philanthropic foundations) interact with policy and other policy actors to influence higher education policymaking, from policy formulation through implementation and evaluation. Baser’s other research interests include analyzing post-secondary governance structures and the role of "dark money" in education politics as well as a host of topical interests, including research about the P-20 pipeline, community colleges, and the role of research utilization at the state and federal levels.
He earned an Associate in Science degree in Business Administration from Tulsa Community College in 2014, dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Political Science and Management Information Systems from Oklahoma State University in 2015, and a Master of Education degree in Higher Education from the University of Houston in 2016. While at the University of Houston, Baser served as a graduate assistant in the Dean of Students office with the primary responsibility of adjudicating disciplinary matters and as a graduate research assistant for an NSF study of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship in the Institute for Education Policy Research & Evaluation.