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Dr. Kelly Rosinger

Dr. Kelly Rosinger
Phone: 8148659754
Office Address:
405C Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Assistant Professor of Education
Research Associate, Center for the Study of Higher Education


Education Policy Studies


Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)


Higher Education


Kelly Rosinger is an assistant professor in the Department of Education Policy Studies and research associate in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State University. Her research examines the barriers students face going to and through college and how postsecondary policies, practices, and interventions shape educational outcomes. Her current work considers how various aspects of postsecondary policies reduce (or exacerbate) racial and economic disparities in educational outcomes and how policies can be designed with equity in mind.

Kelly has published research in Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, AERA Open, Education Finance and Policy, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Review of Higher Education, and The Journal of Higher Education, among others. Her work has been highlighted by The New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Chronicle of Higher Education, and Inside Higher Ed, among others.

Kelly was an Institute of Education Sciences’ postdoctoral fellow in education policy at the University of Virginia. She earned a PhD in higher education and master’s degree in public administration and policy, both from the University of Georgia, and a bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She previously worked as an assistant director of undergraduate admissions at the University of Georgia.

Education History

2015 PhD, Higher Education, University of Georgia 2009, MPA, Public Administration & Policy, University of Georgia 2006, BA, Public Relations, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Representative Publications

Rosinger, K. (2019). Can simplifying financial aid offers impact college enrollment and borrowing? Experimental and quasi-experimental evidence. Education Finance and Policy, 14(4), 601-626. 

Taylor, B., Rosinger, K., Coco, L., & Slaughter, S. (2019). Digesting “the worm’s share”: Administrative authority and faculty strategies in the humanities. Teachers College Record, 121(9).

Kelchen, R., Rosinger, K., & Ortagus, J. (2019). How to create and use state-level policy data sets in education research. AERA Open, 5(3), 1-14.

Rosinger, K., & Ford, K. (2019). Pell grant versus income data in postsecondary research. Educational Researcher 48(5), 309-315.

Meyer, K., & Rosinger, K. (2019). Applying behavioral insights to improve postsecondary education outcomes: A review of Obama administration efforts and next steps under the Trump administration. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 38(2), 481-499.

Rosinger, K., Belasco, A., & Hearn, J. (2019). A boost for the middle class: An evaluation of no-loan policies and elite private college enrollment. The Journal of Higher Education, 90(1), 27-55.

Rosinger, K. (2017). Federal policy efforts to simplify college-going: An intervention in community college enrollment and borrowing. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 671(1), 114-131.

Rosinger, K., Taylor, B., Coco, L., & Slaughter, S. (2016). Organizational segmentation and the prestige economy: Deprofessionalization in high- and low-resource departments. The Journal of Higher Education, 87(1), 27-54.

Belasco, A., Rosinger, K., & Hearn, J. (2015). The test-optional movement at America’s selective liberal arts colleges: A boon for equity or something else? Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, 37(2), 206-223. 

Reprinted (2018) in J. Buckley, L. Letukas, & B. Wildavsky (Eds.), Measuring success: Testing, grades, and the future of college admissions (pp. 260-287). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.

Hearn, J., & Rosinger, K. (2014). Socioeconomic diversity in selective private colleges: An organizational analysis. Review of Higher Education, 38(1), 71-104. doi:10.1353/rhe.2014.0043

Rosinger, K., Taylor, B., & Slaughter, S. (2016). The crème de la crème: Stratification and accumulative advantage within US private research universities. In S. Slaughter & B. Taylor (Eds.), Higher education, stratification, and workforce development (pp. 81-101). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Publishing.

Taylor, B., Rosinger, K., & Slaughter, S. (2016). Patents and university strategies in the prestige economy. In S. Slaughter & B. Taylor (Eds.), Higher education, stratification, and workforce development (pp. 103-123). Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer Publishing.

Slaughter, S., Taylor, B., & Rosinger, K. (2015). A critical reframing of human capital theory in US higher education. In A. Martínez-Alemán, B. Pusser, & E. Bensimon (Eds.), Critical approaches to the study of higher education: A practical introduction (pp. 80-102). Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.