Denisa Gándara is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy. Her research agenda broadly explores higher education policy and finance, with a focus on college access and success for populations historically underserved in higher education. Dr. Gándara is the recipient of a William T. Grant Scholars award and a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship. Her research has been funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Academies of Sciences, the American Educational Research Association, the Spencer Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, and the Latino Center for Leadership Development, among other sources. She serves as an associate editor for The Journal of Higher Education and an editorial board member for the Journal of Postsecondary Student Success. Dr. Gándara graduated as a Deans Distinguished Graduate from the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin and earned a Ph.D. from the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia. She is originally from the Rio Grande Valley.