University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
Laura W. Perna is James S. Riepe Professor and founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy (AHEAD) at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also chair of the Higher Education Division of the Graduate School of Education, faculty fellow of the Institute for Urban Research, faculty affiliate of the Penn Wharton Public Policy Initiative, member of the advisory board for the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and member of the Social Welfare Graduate Group of the School of Social Policy and Practice. She holds bachelor’s degrees in economics and psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, and she earned her master’s in public policy and Ph.D. in education from the University of Michigan.
She has held leadership positions in the primary national associations in the field of higher education administration. She is currently President (2014-2015) of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and she served as Vice President (Show Full Bio)of the American Educational Research Association’s Division J (Postsecondary Education) from 2010 to 2013. She has also served on the editorial boards of leading journals including American Education Research Journal, Educational Researcher, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Academe, Journal of Higher Education, Review of Higher Education, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Women in Higher Education, and Research in Higher Education. She is the associate editor of Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research.
In 2003, Dr. Perna received the Promising Scholar/Early Career Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education. In 2010, Penn honored her with Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 2011, she received the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. In 2014, she was named a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a Penn Fellow, and the inaugural James S. Riepe Professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
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