Lauren Schudde is an associate professor of Educational Leadership and Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. Her research examines the implementation of higher education policies and the impact of educational policies and practices on college student outcomes, with a primary interest in how higher education can be better leveraged to ameliorate socioeconomic inequality in the United States. Ongoing projects examine dual enrollment pathways between high school and college, how community college students respond to institutional transfer policies, the influence of dev-ed reform on student outcomes, labor market returns to different types of postsecondary degrees, and the trajectory of English Learners through K-12 into (and through) higher education.
Schudde received her PhD in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was an IES pre-doctoral fellow in the Interdisciplinary Training Program in Education Sciences, a program focused on training emerging education researchers in statistical methods and using research to inform policy and practice. Prior to joining the faculty at UT, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Community College Research Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her work has been published in the Sociology of Education, Journal of Human Resources, American Educational Research Journal, AERA Open, Review of Research in Education, Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and Community College Review. She serves as an associate editor at Research in Higher Education. She is a faculty research affiliate of the UT's Population Research Center and the Charles A. Dana Center and Teachers College's Community College Research Center.