Anne J. MacLachlan is a retired senior researcher at CSHE devoted to increasing access, persistence, and success in postsecondary education for underrepresented groups (URM) including domestic minorities, women, and those from uneducated/poor families with an emphasis on those in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Her research areas cover the spectrum of postsecondary populations including community college and transfer students, undergraduates in general, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. Among these, doctoral student success, academic and professional preparation and employment has been a particular focus of several projects past and present, including the historical development of doctoral education in the United States and in Germany.
Dr. MacLachlan is also the program evaluator for the NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology in the UCB Department of Molecular and Cell Biology since 2006. From 2009-2011 she was the evaluator of a grant at San Francisco City College of a STEM program for URM Asian Pacific Islanders. She periodically works as a site visitor and panelist for the NSF ADVANCE Program to increase the number of women faculty in STEM, and has been a panel reviewer for NIH, NSF Graduate Education, Hispanic Policy Institute, Sloan Foundation and FIPSE.
Trained as a German historian, she has been actively following developments in German higher education and has given talks at INCHER, University of Kassel, at the Universities of Munich, Berlin, Darmstadt, Hamburg and others. She also has been an invited speaker at several international conferences on women in science in Korea, Belgium, Canada, and Germany. She has been a fellow at the Max Planck Institute for History, and held fellowships from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and the Institut für Europäische Geschichte, and other grants from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) , American Institute of Physics, Korean Ministry of Science and many others. At CSHE she coordinates the largely international visiting scholars’ program.
Prior to joining CSHE, Dr. MacLachlan worked at the UC Berkeley Graduate Division, served as Assistant Dean of the UC Santa Barbara Graduate Division, and coordinated academic placement at the UC Berkeley Career Planning and Placement Center. There she advised graduate students in most academic fields on getting an academic job, developed a comprehensive set of professional development workshops, completed the first all university placement study of UCB Ph.D.s, and a study on satisfaction of Ph.D.s of color with their programs. She has also taught European history at UC Berkeley, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Maryland's overseas campus. She lived in Germany for three years and in Holland for five. Her Ph.D. is in German Economic History and she speaks German and Dutch fluently.
While at CSHE she has conducted research at San Francisco City College on STEM transfer, the Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity, and Diversity in Boalt Law School, in the Biology Dean’s Office, and elsewhere on the Berkeley campus. She is a member of the UCB Coalition for Diversity and Excellence in STEM and takes an active interest in campus diversity. She consults for AAAS Center for Advancing Science and Engineering Capacity along with other earlier AAAS STEM diversity projects, and other national projects including serving on the advisory board for an ADVANCE research project.
“Alligators and Implicit Bias: Building Your Career Without Getting Bitten.” Expanding Potential: A workshop on navigating the hurdles faced by women in STEM fields. Organized by SYNBERC, UC Berkeley, November 15, 2014. Powerpoint, video: http://vimeo.com/groups/expandingpotential/videos/112930356
“Hochschulforschung und Geschichtswissenschaft, Eine schwierige Geschichte.” Chair of a discussion on historians’ views on contemporary German history and the relationship of history to empirical higher education research. International Center for Higher Education Research (INCHER), University of Kassel, October 14, 2014
“Unequal Access to Doctoral Training in Germany and the United States: Comparing Defining Parameters.” Paper, European Association for Institutional Research Conference, Higher Education Diversity and Excellence for Society, University of Essen-Duisburg, August 30, 2014. Also presented at the Bamberg Graduate School of Social Sciences, University of Bamberg, October 16, 2014
“Issues in Socialization of US Underrepresented Graduate Students.” Lunch talk invited by Christian Ganseuer, Director, Zentrum für Hochschul- und Qualitätsentwicklung, University of Duisburg-Essen, August 26, 2014
“German Graduate Education Reforms and their Implication for US Doctoral Education.” Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE), January 30, 2014. Powerpoint, audio, synopsis in University World News, March 2014
“Lost in Translation: The Flow of Graduate Education Models Between Germany and the United States.” Isolde von Bülow (Hrsg.) Nachwuchsförderung in der Wissenschaft: Best-Practice-Modelle zum Promotionsgeschehen—Strategien, Konzepte, Strukturen. Heidelberg, Springer Verlag. January 2014
“Minority Undergraduate Programs Intended to Increase Participation in Biomedical Careers.” Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine: A Journal of Translational and Personalized Medicine. Volume 79, Issue 6, pages 769–781, November/December 2012
“Institutional and Cultural Parameters Affecting Women’s Participation in the Fields of Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Around the World.” National Academies of Science, Committee on Status and Participation of Women in STEM Disciplines and Careers. Catherine Didion, Lisa Frehill and Willie Pearson, Jr. Rapporteurs, Blueprint for the Future: Framing issues of Women in Science in a Global Context. Summary of a Workshop. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, 2012
“Economic Growth in the United States and the Rise of the Modern Research University.” Chinese Cross Cultural Exchange, UC Berkeley, June 27, 2012. Invited by organizer, Mark Chang
Lost in Translation: The Flow of Graduate Education Models Between Germany and the United States. pp. 79-90. In: Isolde von Bülow, ed. Nachwuchsförderung in der Wissenschaft. Best-Practice-Modelle zum Promotionsgeschehen—Strategien, Konzepte, Strukturen. [Supporting the Next Generation of Scholars. Best Practice Models of Doctoral Education—Strategies, Concepts, Structures] Heidelberg, SpringerMedizin, 2014
Minority Undergraduate Programs Intended to Increase Participation in Biomedical Careers. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine: A Journal of Translational and Personalized Medicine. Volume 79, Issue 6, pages 769–781, November/December 2012
Women and Students of Color as Non-traditional Students: The Difficulties of Inclusion in the United States. Tamsin Hinton-Smith,ed. Issues in Higher Education: Widening Participation and Non-traditional Students. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan, 2012
Institutional and Cultural Parameters Affecting Women’s Participation in the Fields of Chemistry, Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Science Around the World. National Academies of Science, Committee on Status and Participation of Women in STEM Disciplines and Careers. Catherine Didion, Lisa Frehill and Willie Pearson, Jr. Rapporteurs, Blueprint for the Future: Framing issues of Women in Science in a Global Context. Summary of a Workshop. Washington, D.C.: The National Academies Press, 2012
Conference and Workshop: Transatlantic Cooperation in Graduate Education. German Center for Research and Innovation and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), New York, October 26, 2012. Discussant.(invited)
“Lost in Translation: The Flow of Graduate Education Models Between Germany and the United States.” Conference of the Graduate Center, Ludwig Maximillian Universität, Munich May 22-23, 2012. Plenary speaker, Powerpoint.(invited)
“Economic Growth in the United States and the Rise of the Modern Research University.”Chinese Cross Cultural Exchange, UC Berkeley, June 27, 2012. Presentation, Powerpoint. (invited)