The National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship Program supports early-career scholars making significant scholarly contributions in critical areas of education research while developing the careers of recipients through activities involving National Academy of Education members.
Department of Educational Leadership and Policy
Assistant professor of higher education, Stephen Santa-Ramirez, PhD, is an expert on issues that impact the lives of historically minoritized and economically neglected college students. Particularly, his research focuses on campus racial climate; first-generation students’ sense of belonging and transitions; and the ways that race, ethnicity and im/migration policies inform undocu/DACAmented students’ experiences. Some of his recent publications have appeared in the Journal of First-generation Student Success, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. Santa-Ramirez is a 2022 National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow and a 2022 Diamond Honoree of the ACPA - College Student Educators International, an honor that recognizes professionals who are making a tremendous impact in the field of higher education and student affairs.