Matt S. Giani


Assistant Professor of Practice, Research Scientist, Office of Strategy and Policy


Ph.D., Educational Policy and Planning, University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Educational Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies, Stanford University
B.A., English, University of Texas at Austin


Postsecondary education, stratification and social mobility in education, college access, college attainment


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Matt is a research scientist for the Texas OnCourse project at the Office of Strategy and Policy at the University of Texas at Austin. In his current work he is utilizing Texas’ statewide longitudinal data system to analyze student pathways from middle school through high school, postsecondary, and the workforce and create data visualization tools that can be used by school counselors, college advisers, and students. His research centers on college access and outcomes, particularly for groups historically underrepresented in higher education, and has appeared in outlets such as The High School Journal, Research in Higher Education, and The Review of Higher Education.

Prior to taking this position with the Office of Strategy and Policy, Matt was a research assistant professor at the Office of Community College Research and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. During his time at Illinois, Matt taught a course titled Organization of Higher Education, the first taken by all students in the graduate higher education programs. Matt previously worked as a research associate at the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at UT-Austin and as a graduate research assistant with the Texas Education Research Center.