Julie Posselt

Julie Posselt
IGEN Research Hub Director
Associate Professor of Education, University of Southern California

Julie Posselt is an associate professor of education at the University of Southern California. Posselt’s scholarship examines organizational behavior affecting access to and equity in graduate & professional education, especially in STEM disciplines. She is PI and Director of the California Consortium for Inclusive Doctoral Education, and Co-PI and Director of the Research Hub for the NSF-INCLUDES Alliance: Inclusive Graduate Education Network. In addition to publishing 44 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, she is author of two books: Equity in Science: Representation, Culture, and the Dynamics of Change in Graduate Education (Stanford University Press, 2020) and Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping (Harvard University Press, 2016), and received the early career awards for the American Educational Research Association and the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

She is mother to 8th grade Danny. In 2017 Posselt was honored with the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Early Career/ Promising Scholar award, and in 2018 received the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award. She is the author of Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping (Harvard University Press, 2015), an award-winning ethnographic comparative study of faculty decision making in doctoral admissions. Additional research is published in the American Educational Research Journal, Annual Review of Sociology, Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Higher Education, and is a member of two current National Academies panels. Her forthcoming book, Equity in Science, will be published in Spring 2020 by Stanford University Press.


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