Rebecca Natow’s research focuses on the creation and implementation of policy and government programs affecting higher education. Currently, she researches various aspects of developmental education through the national study of developmental education policies and practices being conducted through the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR). She has also conducted extensive research on the federal rulemaking process for higher education and on the political origins, policy stability, and implementation of state-level performance funding policies.
Natow earned her EdD in Higher and Postsecondary Education in 2013 from Teachers College, Columbia University, where she also received her MA in 2006 and EdM in 2008. She also holds a JD from Georgetown University Law Center. Natow’s dissertation, entitled Making Policy in the United States Department of Education: The Political Process of Federal Rulemaking for Higher Education, received the 2013-2014 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the Politics of Education Association and was a finalist for the 2014 American Educational Research Association Division J Outstanding Dissertation Award.
In addition to her research, Natow's experience in higher education includes student affairs event planning, organizational policy analysis, benchmarking analysis, graduate-level teaching, internship program administration, and academic advising.