Denisa Gandara

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Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

Office: SZB 3.308L
Office Hours: Mondays 3:00 p- 4:00 p; Tuesdays 3:00 p- 4:00 p
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Denisa Gándara serves as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research, primarily focusing on higher education finance, policy, and politics, is dedicated to advancing populations traditionally underserved in higher education. Gándara’s work has garnered support from various sources, including the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences, the Ford Foundation, the William T. Grant Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Kresge Foundation, and the American Educational Research Association.

A recipient of notable honors such as the William T. Grant Scholar award and the Ford Foundation Fellowship, Gándara’s expertise is nationally recognized. She was appointed by President Joe Biden to the National Board for Education Sciences and serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Gándara is also an associate editor for The Journal of Higher Education and an editorial board member for the Journal of Postsecondary Student Success.

Gándara, a Dean's Distinguished Graduate from The University of Texas at Austin, earned her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia's Institute of Higher Education. Her roots in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas influence her commitment to educational equity and excellence.