Meet Austin Barraza, 2022 Fund for Latino Scholarship Recipient

Austin Barraza is a PhD candidate in political science at Northeastern University, where he studies higher education policy. Austin’s dissertation examines the increasingly active role state legislatures play in setting community college policy. Using a mixed-methods design, his dissertation presents a quantitative analysis of community college related legislation across the 50 states between 1999-2019 and then subsequently dives into three states to document how community colleges have gained agenda status in state legislatures. Austin will use the grant from the Fund for Latino Scholarship to support his qualitative data collection, including semi-structured interviews and archival research. Austin holds an MA from California State University, Fullerton and a BA from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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