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Julie Posselt

Associate Professor of Education

University of Southern California

Julie Posselt is Associate Professor of Education at the University of Southern California. Her research examines organizational behavior affecting access to and equity in selective sectors of higher education, especially graduate education, research universities, STEM fields, and the professoriate. Her work has been funded by the US Department of Education, Spencer Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and National Science Foundation. She is presently a Principal Investigator on 5 NSF-funded projects. She directs the California Consortium for Inclusive Doctoral Education and the Inclusive Graduate Education Network’s Research Hub— two networks dedicated to reducing inequities in STEM graduate education.

She is mother to 8th grade Danny. In 2017 Posselt was honored with the Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Early Career/ Promising Scholar award, and in 2018 received the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award. She is the author of Inside Graduate Admissions: Merit, Diversity, and Faculty Gatekeeping (Harvard University Press, 2015), an award-winning ethnographic comparative study of faculty decision making in doctoral admissions. Additional research is published in the American Educational Research Journal, Annual Review of Sociology, Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and Chronicle of Higher Education, among others. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Higher Education, and is a member of two current National Academies panels. Her forthcoming book, Equity in Science, will be published in Spring 2020 by Stanford University Press.