Antar A. Tichavakunda
Antar A. Tichavakunda

Antar A. Tichavakunda

Cohort: 2013

Rossier Dean's Fellowship


Higher Education

Research Interest

College Access & Equity 

Black Students' Experiences at Predominantly White Institutions 

Qualitative Inquiry 

Antar A. Tichavakunda

Antar A. Tichavakunda is a Dean’s Fellow in the Urban Education Policy program at the Rossier School of Education and research analyst for the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. He was born and raised in Washington, DC. He attended Brown University and majored in Education Studies/Policy. In college he became a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and was heavily involved in Black affinity groups and mentoring programs.  

Prior to his studies, Tichavakunda taught high school English in Washington, DC Public Schools. His research focuses on increasing college access, Black students’ experiences at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs), and digital equity. His recently published work includes a case study of the challenges Black students face with regard to college costs and financial aid, as well as a critical review of the use of digital media by Black youth. 



Honors and Awards:

  • University of Southern California Graduate School Final Year Fellowship (2017-2018)- Chosen by Graduate School/Provost’s Office Based on Dissertation Proposal and Recommendations to Receive $30,000 Full-Coverage Fellowship Stipend  
  • Rossier Student Organization Student Research Award for Doctoral Programs (2016-17)- Awarded for novel and important work on Black students in STEM in higher education 

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