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Dr. Leticia Oseguera

Dr. Leticia Oseguera
Phone: 8148632659
Office Address:
404F Rackley Building
University Park, PA 16802
Campus: University Park


Associate Professor of Education (Higher Education) and Senior Research Associate


Education Policy Studies


Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE)


Higher Education


Leticia Oseguera is an Associate Professor and Senior Research Associate in the Higher Education Program and the Center for the Study of Higher Education in the Department of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. She received her Master’s and Doctoral Degree from the Higher Education and Organizational Change Program from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Prior to Penn State, Dr. Oseguera was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Education at the University of California, Irvine where she also earned her Bachelor's degree in Sociology. She has taught courses on research design, educational policy, multicultural education, issues in K-16 schooling, and student development in higher education.

Dr. Oseguera is a quantitative researcher with a substantive focus on campus climate and understanding college access and educational opportunities for historically underserved and underrepresented student populations, including college student athletes. Dr. Oseguera's work examines how gender, race, and class shape educational experiences and opportunities in the United States. Her work bridges secondary schooling experiences with post-secondary opportunities and success. Her work offers academics and policymakers concrete ways to enhance credential attainment. Her co-edited book, Educational Policy Goes to School: Case Studies on the Limitations and Possibilities of Educational Innovation was recently published by Routledge Press.

Dr. Oseguera’s research has been cited in articles in the Washington Post, the Chronicle of Higher Education, and Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education and appears in such journals as Research in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Urban Review, and Journal of Hispanic Higher Education. Recently, Dr. Oseguera completed a UC ACCORD funded research project examining low-income students’ post-high school education and labor market transitions.  Dr. Oseguera was also the Principal Investigator of a Pennsylvania Department of Education grant examining college access centers throughout the state. Currently, Dr. Oseguera is co-evaluator of the inaugural Millennium Science Scholars Program at Penn State. She is also leading the evaluation of the NSF National Research Traineeship CoMET Program at Penn State.

Dr. Oseguera is an active member of multiple professional organizations. She is also an editorial board member for the American Journal of Education and Journal of Higher Education. She is a former Faculty Fellows Chair of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) and former Board Member of AAHHE. She is also a former Education Policy and Leadership Center (EPLC) Fellow for Pennsylvania.