Ryan Wells, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Educational Policy, Research & Administration

B.S., Iowa State University, 1995
M.A., University of Iowa, 2004
Ph.D., University of Iowa, 2008

(413) 545-0871

University of Massachusetts Amherst
Room 256, Hills Hall South
Amherst, MA 01003

Professional Interests: 

Ryan Wells is an assistant professor in higher education. Having earned his PhD in higher education from the University of Iowa in 2008, his research interests concern aspects of the transition from secondary school to postsecondary education. Topics for recent research on college access and equity include gender, immigrant status, financial aid, and state and federal policy. Ryan primarily uses quantitative research methods including advanced methods such as hierarchical linear modeling. His research has been published in journals such as The Journal of Higher Education, Teachers College Record, Journal of College Student Retention, and Community College Review and has he received awards for his research from the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the Association for Institutional Research (AIR). Ryan teaches the following graduate courses: Access & Equity in Higher Education, Higher Education Finance Policy, Doctoral Seminar in Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and History of Higher Education. Learn more about Ryan.