Tatiana Melguizo

  • Professor of Education

Research Concentration

  • Higher Education


PhD, Stanford University


  • Higher Education • Finance • Affirmative Action • Community Colleges • College trajectories of students of color, Program Evaluation
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Tatiana  Melguizo

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Dr. Melguizo is a Professor in the USC Rossier School of Education. She received a Ph.D. in Economics of Education from Stanford University and a M.A. in Social Policy from the London School of Economics. She works in the field of economics of higher education. She uses quantitative methods of analysis to study the association or impact of different factors, educational programs, as well as public policies on the persistence and educational outcomes of minority and low-income students. Her work has been published in Educational Researcher, Education Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Teachers College Record, The Journal of Higher Education, The Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Research in Educational Effectiveness, AERA Open, Higher Education and World Development. Dr. Melguizo has received grants from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), National Science Foundation (NSF), Spencer foundation, AERA, the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, College Futures Foundation, Leonetti O’Connell Foundation, Jack Kent Cooke, Nellie Mae and Lumina foundations and from the Association for Institutional Research, National Postsecondary Education Cooperative (AIR/NPEC).

Courses Taught

  • Educ 709: Financing and Assessing Colleges for Equity
  • Educ 522: Accountability
  • Educ 536: Inquiry II



Recent Grants


2022-25     US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES)                          $2,889,797

Community College Recovery Research Network: Award #R305X220018. Leveraging Technology and Engaging Students: Evaluating Covid-19 Recovery Efforts in the Los Angeles Community College District. Principal Investigators: C. Avery, T. Melguizo, M. Pearl, D. Harrington.

2022-25             National Science Foundation: DUE-2215700                                                           $299,991

Bridging non-STEM and STEM math tracks: An interest-based intervention to increase community college STEM opportunity. Principal Investigators: T. Melguizo, E. Tchertchian, F. Ngo, and C. Ching.

2015 – 2017 National Science Foundation: Math: EAGER                                                               $299,753 

2010 – 2012 US Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES)                          $550,000                                                                                        

Education Research Training Grants. Principal Investigators Tatiana Melguizo and Johannes Bos in collaboration with George Prather. Evaluating the Effects of Basic Skills Mathematics Placement on Academic Outcomes of Community College Students.


2015-2020 Buffett Foundation                                                                                                         $6,200,000                                                                                                                   

Co-Principal Investigator. A mixed-methods examination of a comprehensive college transition and success program for low-income students. Principal Investigator: Adrianna Kezar, Co-Principal Investigators: Darnell Cole and Kristan Venegas.

2020-22             Spencer Foundation                                                                                                  $399,915

How will Los Angeles Community Colleges respond to and enact a new state law reforming-- and potentially eliminating-- developmental education? Principal Investigators: T. Melguizo, C. Ching and D. Harrington.

2021-22             Leonetti O’Connell Foundation                                                                                 $121,636

 Evaluation of the Leonetti O’Connell Foundation Universal Basic Income Pilot. Principal Investigators: T. Melguizo and G. Painter.

  • Spencer Foundation $50,000, June 2014–May 2015
  • Principal Investigator. Defining and estimating value-added models in higher education: Empirical estimations in Colombia. Co-Principal Investigators: Fabio Sanchez and Gema Zamarro.
  • Spencer Foundation $40,000, March 2011–February 2012
  • Principal Investigator. The relationship between college costs, local labor market conditions and persistence among community college students. Co-Principal Investigator: Fabio Sanchez.
  • Gates Millennium Scholars Research Program $10,000 May 2008-January 2009
  • Principal Investigator. A portrait of the characteristics of two cohorts of recipients and non-recipients of the Washington State Achievers (WSA) program who first attended a two-year college.
  • Gates Millennium Scholars Research Program $10,000 May 2007-April 2008
  • Principal Investigator. Are Minorities More Likely to Graduate from College if they attend More Selective Institutions? Evidence from a cohort of recipients and non-recipients of the Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) program.
  • Spencer Foundation $40,000, August 2006–May 2007
  • Principal Investigator. The relationship between college costs, local labor market conditions and persistence among community college students. Co-Principal Investigators: Greg Kienzl and Mariana Alfonso.