Research Team

Erin S. Corbett, Ed.D.

Erin S. Corbett, Ed.D.

Research Team

Erin S. Corbett, Ed.D. has spent almost two decades in education access in a number of roles. With experience in independent school admission, enrichment programs, and postsecondary financial aid, her commitment to expanding postsecondary opportunities for all populations has served as the foundation of her professional endeavors. While pursuing her doctorate, Erin launched a nonprofit that provides not-for-credit, postsecondary level courses in three correctional facilities in Connecticut. In addition to the classes she taught there, and the volunteer instructors she manages, she has also taught in two correctional facilities in Rhode Island with College Unbound and guest lectured, via Zoom, to incarcerated students in the Iowa Medical Classification Center (IMCC) through the University of Iowa Liberal Arts Beyond Bars (UI LABB) program. Erin has guest lectured in a higher education policy course at the University of Michigan in addition to being an adjunct in Spring 2019, teaching higher education policy, at Howard University. Other notable speaking engagements include events hosted by Eastern Connecticut State University (ECSU) and Connecticut College. Most recently, Erin was the Assistant Director for Applied Research at the Institute for Higher Education Policy focusing on federal policy related to the intersection of higher education policy and policy related to educational access for justice-impacted people. She is now the Director of Policy at the Katal Center for Health, Equity, and Justice, located in Hartford, CT with offices in Brooklyn, NY and Albany, NY.

Erin holds a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Swarthmore College. She earned her MBA from Post University (CT) and her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, where her dissertation examined the relationship between educational attainment level and post-release employment outcomes for formerly incarcerated people in the state of Connecticut.

Adrian H. Huerta, Ph.D.

Adrian H. Huerta, Ph.D.

Research Team

Adrian H. Huerta, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Pullias Center for Higher Education located in Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on boys and men of color, college access and equity, and gang-associated youth. Dr. Huerta’s research has been funded by the ECMC Foundation, Center for Research on College to Workforce Transitions, Volunteers for America, and others. His scholarship appears in the Boyhood Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal, Teachers College Record, The Urban Review, Urban Education, and other practitioner and scholarly journals.

Federick Ngo, Ph.D.

Federick Ngo, Ph.D.

Research Team

Federick Ngo, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. His research examines how higher education policy affects college access and success, with a focus on community college students. He studies issues in postsecondary remediation, math education, financial aid, and ways to improve community college student outcomes. This work has been published in a number of scholarly journals including Educational Researcher, Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, The Review of Higher Education, and Teachers College Record. His scholarship has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Spencer Foundation, and he was an AERA dissertation fellow. He was formerly a high school math teacher in Oakland, CA.

Ted Thornhill, Ph.D.

Ted Thornhill, Ph.D.

Research Team, Webinar Team

Ted Thornhill, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Florida Gulf Coast University. His research and writing examines color-blind ideology and new racism practices across social institutions and settings. Thornhill’s latest study, published in the journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, investigated how white college admissions counselors screen black prospective students. Thornhill’s research and teaching has been covered by numerous media outlets including CNN, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Boston Globe, and the BBC.