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Rebecca Natow, Research Affiliate


Rebecca Natow is an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy at Hofstra University and senior research associate with the Community College Research Center. She is also an affiliate of the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness (CAPR). Her research focuses on the creation and implementation of policy and government programs affecting higher education. Specifically, she has conducted research and written about developmental education, performance-based funding policies, and the federal rulemaking process for postsecondary education.

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. She is the author of Higher Education Rulemaking: The Politics of Creating Regulatory Policy (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2017). 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 20132014 American Educational Research Association Division J Outstanding Dissertation Award.

In addition to her teaching and research, Natow's experience in higher education includes student affairs event planning, organizational policy analysis, benchmarking, internship program administration, and academic advising.