Laura Perna
Executive Director

Higher Ed

  • Access
  • Costs
  • Federal policy
  • Finance and funding
  • Readiness
  • State policy

Laura W. Perna is a professor and executive director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Her scholarship seeks to understand the ways that social structures, institutional practices, and public policies separately and together enable and restrict college access and success, particularly for racial and ethnic minorities and individuals of lower socioeconomic status. She is currently serving as president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. She received the 2010 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching from the University of Pennsylvania and 2011 Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award from the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. She earned her doctorate in education from the University of Michigan.