James Dean Ward
James Dean Ward

James Dean Ward

Cohort: 2014

Rossier Dean's Fellowship

A.B., Cornell University
majors: Economics; History


Higher Education

Research Interest

performance-based funding; education policy; organizational theory; for-profit colleges and universities; higher education finance and economics; LGBT students

James Dean Ward

James is a PhD candidate at USC Rossier. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and History from Cornell University. James spent five years in Washington, DC and Boston working as an education consultant for Hanover Research and ASR Analytics, a research analyst with the National Association of College and University Business Officers (NACUBO), and an institutional researcher at Harvard University. He is currently a research assistant for Dr. William Tierney in the Pullias Center for Higher Education. His primary research focus is organizational responses to changes in public policy. With the support of an AERA dissertation grant, James' research seeks to understand the relationship between fiscal dependency and colleges' responses to performance-based funding policies.


Professional Experience:

  • Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California
    • ​Research Assistant, 2014-Present
  • ​Hanover Research
    • ​Content Director, Higher Education Practice, 2014
    • Associate Content Director, Higher Education Practice, 2014
    • ​Research Analyst, 2012-14
  • ​Harvard University, Office of Institutional Research
    • ​Data and Reporting Coordinator, 2011-12
  • ​ASR Analytics
    • ​Consultant, Higher Education Practice, 2010-11
  • ​Cornell Higher Education Research Institute
    • ​Research Assistant, 2007

Honors and Awards:

AERA Dissertation Grant

2017 ASHE Graduate Student Policy Seminar (nomination only)

Selected Publications

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