Research Associate

Zach Bleemer

Research Associate and PhD Candidate in Economics

Zach Bleemer is a Research Associate at the Center of Studies of Higher Education, where he directs the UC ClioMetric History Project. He is also a PhD candidate in Economics and a National Academy of Education / Spencer Dissertation Fellow at UC Berkeley.

The UC ClioMetric History Project at CSHE has constructed one of the largest repositories of historical and contemporary university records in the United States. Zach’s research combines these data with quasi-experimental research designs to examine the long-run...

Tongshan Chang

Senior Researcher - SERU Consortium, UCOP

Tongshan Chang is Director of Institutional Research and Academic Planning at the University of California (UC) Office of the President and Consultant of UC Systemwide Academic Senate Committees on the Board of Admissions and Relations with Schools (BOARS) and Preparatory Education (UCOPE). He is SERU (Student Experience in the Research University) Senior Researcher at the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley, voluntarily assisting the SERU leadership and principal investigators in recruiting Chinese institutions and conducting...

Rahul Choudaha

Senior Researcher - SERU Consortium

Dr. Rahul Choudaha is a Senior Researcher affiliated with the SERU Consortium. As a scholar-practitioner, Choudaha’s applied research focuses on mobility, experiences and enrollment of international students and its implications for internationalization and global engagement strategies. He has worked for nearly 15 years in global education services organizations and held cross-functional leadership roles including Executive Vice President at Studyportals and Chief Knowledge Officer at World Education Services. Choudaha...

Karin Fischer

Research Associate

Karin Fischer is a journalist who focuses on higher education. Her primary area of focus is international education, including American colleges' activities overseas, study abroad, the globalization of the college experience, and international-student recruitment. Her work with the Center for Studies in Higher Education will focus on the international student experience, including issues of acculturation, social satisfaction, and academic performance. She is the author of a weekly newsletter, ...

Grace Ufuk Taneri

Research Associate - Research University Going Global
Grace Ufuk Taneri is a Senior Executive, Consultant, and Professor of Mathematics in multicultural and global higher education institutions, applying more than 20 years of experience to academic, administrative and operational management, pioneering establishments, multicultural and diverse campus development, strategic planning, international accreditations, local and international communications with Ministries, Governments, Higher Education Institutions, and accreditation bodies, faculty, staff, and student recruitment, development, performance, satisfaction and retention, institution...

Margaret Heisel

Senior Associate

Dr. Margaret Heisel has been a leader in higher education for more than three decades. She is currently Senior Research Associate in the Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley. Prior to her work at UC Berkeley, Dr. Heisel served as the Founding Director of the Center for Capacity Building in Study Abroad—a joint project of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and NAFSA-Association of International Educators in Washington, DC. This work involved developing programs for promoting the preparation of U.S. students for success in the...

Cécile Hoareau

Research Associate - Research University Going Global

Cécile McGrath, née Hoareau, is a Managing Consultant at ICF, where she manages the portfolio of policy research in education and research and innovation policy for European Union institutions.

Cécile’s research has informed various governments and European institutions. For example, she advised the British Government on ways to measure student learning (Learning gain in Higher Education in 2014), which prompted several higher...

Olena Horner

Research Associate - SERU Consortium, University of Minnesota

Ronald L. Huesman

Principal Researcher - SERU Consortium, University of Minnesota

Dr. Ronald L. Huesman, Jr. (Ron) is a CSHE Research Associate and the Managing Director of the Student Experience in the Research University-Association of American Universities Consortium (SERU-AAU). SERU-AAU is an academic and policy research partnership between the Center for Studies in Higher Education at the University of California – Berkeley and the University of Minnesota. The SERU-AAU consortium is a group of leading research extensive universities in the United States made up of researchers and scholars who collaborate to generate institutional, comparative, and longitudinal data...

James A. Hyatt, M.B.A.

Senior Research Associate, Vice Chancellor for Budget & Finance and CFO Emeritus, Former Associate Director, Center for Studies in Higher Education, University of California, Berkeley

James A. Hyatt is a Senior Research Associate and Principal Investigator at the Center for Studies in Higher Education. He has extensive experience both as a senior level executive at a number of the nation’s major research universities, including UC Berkeley, the University of Maryland, College Park, University of Arizona, and Virginia Tech, and as a principal investigator on externally funded research projects in the areas of higher education financial management, financial reporting, pension reform and campus safety and security. From 2008-2010 Mr. Hyatt served as the President of the...