Kevin J. Dougherty is an associate professor of higher education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He received his doctorate in sociology from Harvard University in 1983.
Dougherty is the project lead for Implementation and Impacts of Performance Funding in Three States.
Dougherty is the former chair of the Sociology of Education Section of the American Sociological Association and has published widely on community colleges and other topics in higher education. At CCRC, Dougherty has conducted research on state policies affecting access to, and success in, community colleges for minority and low-income students; the political origins and impact on higher education institutions of state accountability systems, including performance funding; and the role of community colleges in workforce preparation and economic development.
Dougherty's book, The Contradictory College: The Conflicting Origins, Impacts and Futures of the Community College (SUNY Press, 1994), was awarded the American Sociological Association’s Willard Waller Award for best book in the sociology of education for the years 1994 to 1996.