Adrian H. Huerta

  • Assistant Professor of Education

Research Concentration

  • Higher Education


PhD, Education, University of California, Los Angeles 

MA, Higher Education, University of California, Los Angeles

MA, Educational Policy & Leadership, The Ohio State University

BS, Human Services Counseling, University of Nevada, Las Vegas


  • Boys and Young Men of Color • College Access and (In)equity • Gang-associated Youth and Adults • High School to College Transition • Student Parents in Higher Education
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Adrian H.  Huerta

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Awards and Grants

ASHE Early Career Award, 2022
National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, 2022-2024
ACPA Men and Masculinities Outstanding Research Award, 2022
Health Equity Fellow in Training (HEFT), Health Affairs, 2021-2022
Visiting Scholar, Harvard University, Graduate School of Education (Spring 2020 - COVID-19)
Emerging Poverty Scholar, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Poverty-Scholar-in-Residence, West Coast Poverty Center, University of Washington; 
Diversity Scholar, National Center for Institutional Diversity, University of Michigan; 
HEOC Faculty Award, UCLAA; 
Minority Dissertation Fellow, American Educational Research Association (AERA) 

Courses Taught

EDUC 661: Equity in College and Career Access (Fall 2019)
EDUC 651: Introduction to Qualitative Methods (Summer 2020; Fall 2020; Summer 2022)
EDUC 658: School-to-Prison Nexus (Fall 2021) 



Professional Affiliations and Memberships

Assistant Professor of Education (tenure-track), Rossier School of Education, 8/2019 - Present
Provost Postdoctoral Scholar, Pullias Center for Higher Education, Rossier School of Education, USC, 8/2017 - 8/2019
Research Affiliate, University of Texas, Austin, Project MALES, 8/2016 – present
Postdoctoral Research Scholar, UCLA Higher Education Research Institute (HERI), 7/2016 – 7/2018 
Research Assistant, UCLA, 10/2011 – 6/2016
Assistant Director, USC, Office of the Provost, McNair Scholars Program, 3/2011 – 8/2011
Program Coordinator, USC, McNair Scholars Program, 3/2010 – 3/2011
Academic Advisor, USC, Rossier School of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching, 6/2009 – 3/2010


Funder: ECMC Foundation
Amount: 159,203
Duration: 2022-2023

Funder: U.S. Department of Education
Amount: 990,000
Duration: 2021-2024
Title: LBCC Phoenix Scholars: Supporting gang-involved youth and young adults into postsecondary education

Funder: CSU Student Success Network
Amount: 38,500
Duration: 2020-2021

Funder: ECMC Foundation
Amount: 9,350
Duration: 2020

Funder: Institute for Research on Poverty
Amount: 20,000
Duration: 2019-2021

Funder: ECMC Foundation
Amount: 300,000
Duration: 2018-2021

Funder: The Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions
Amount: ~45,000 (25K from community college partner) 
Duration: 2018-2020