Amanda Assalone

Postdoctoral Research and Policy Analyst

Dr. Amanda Assalone is the Postdoctoral Research & Policy Analyst at the Southern Education Foundation (SEF). Much of her work has centered on improving post-secondary access and outreach initiatives for underrepresented students. Her recent publications report on the pivotal role played by developmental education initiatives at Minority-Serving Institutions as well as  race and outcomes based funding in higher education. Amanda has a particular interest in advancing research and policy aimed to support Asian American community college students, which includes extensive research on the impact of the model minority stereotype on Asian American students.

Amanda’s professional background consists of extensive experience working in community college outreach, academic advising, educational programming, and high school counseling. Prior to joining SEF, Amanda played a critical role on grant-funded research projects charged with improving college access, transfer issues, and degree completion for students at two-year Minority-Serving Institutions.

Amanda’s dissertation research investigated the college pathways of Asian American community college students and explored how family, culture, and model minority stereotypes influenced their college aspirations, perceptions, and experiences. She currently serves on the program committee for the Research on the Education of Asian and Pacific Americans (REAPA) (a special interest group of the American Educational Research Association (AERA)) and is co-chair for the Asian Pacific American Network (APAN) (a subcommittee of the Coalition of Multicultural Affairs (CMA) in the American College Personnel Association (ACPA)).

Amanda received a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of North Texas, a Master of Arts in Education and Counseling, and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from The University of Tulsa.  

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