Anne-Marie Nunez

Professor, Department of Educational Studies

Program Area: Higher Education and Student Affairs

(614) 292-5249


Anne-Marie Nuñez is a professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Program in the Department of Educational Studies. Her research explores how to broaden participation for historically underrepresented groups, including students and faculty, in postsecondary education. One line of her scholarship has focused on the higher education experiences and trajectories of Latino, first-generation, and migrant students. Another has emphasized institutional diversity in the United States, including the role of Hispanic-Serving Institutions in promoting college access and success. A third has focused on fostering supportive organizational climates for faculty and administrators to advance inclusivity in the academy. Her research has been published in several journals, including Educational ResearcherHarvard Educational Review, and the American Educational Research Journal.  

She is also the lead author of the book Latinos in Higher Education and Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Creating Conditions for Success (2013, Jossey-Bass) and the lead editor of the award-winning book Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Advancing Research and Transformative Practice (2015, Routledge). For her contributions to research on underrepresented groups, she received the 2011 Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Council on Ethnic Participation Mildred Garcia Exemplary Scholarship award. Currently, she serves as an Associate Editor of The Journal of Higher Education and an Associate Editor of the Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research. She holds a PhD in Education from UCLA, MEd in Education from Stanford University and AB in Social Studies from Harvard University.


  • PhD, Higher Education and Organizational Change.  University of California Los Angeles Graduate School of Education
  • MA, Higher Education and Organizational Change. University of California Los Angeles Graduate School of Education
  • MA, Administration, Policy Analysis, and Evaluation. Stanford University School of Education
  • AB, Magna Cum Laude in Social Studies. Harvard University

Selected Grants

  • Nuñez, A.-M. (Co-Principal Investigator), with Haschenburger, J., Godet, A., Suarez, M., & Young, D. (2016). GP-EXTRA: Using professional career experiences to strengthen pathways into the geoscience workforce. National Science Foundation. (NSF # 15-526). $423,122.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (Participant). GEO Opportunities for Leadership in Diversity (GOLD) An Ideas Lab Activity. National Science Foundation. (NSF # 16-516). Travel and ideas lab attendance $2,500.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (Principal Investigator), Crisp, G., & Elizondo, D. (2012-13). Developing a Typology of Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities. $5,000.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (Principal Investigator), & Kim, D. (2008-2009). Predicting Latino Students’ College Participation: State, School, and Individual Effects. Jointly funded by the Association for Institutional Research and National Science Foundation, $40,000.

Selected Publications

  • Nuñez, A.-M., & Sansone, V. (in press). Earning and learning: Exploring the meaning of work in the experiences of first-generation Latino students. Review of Higher Education.
  • Nuñez, A.-M., Crisp, G., & Elizondo, D. (2016). Mapping Hispanic-Serving Institutions: A typology of institutional diversity. Journal of Higher Education, 87(1), 55-83.
  • Nuñez, A.-M., Rios Aguilar, C., Kanno, Y., & Flores, S. (in press, 2016). English Learners and their Transition to Postsecondary Education. Handbook of Theory and Research in Higher Education, 31.  [Research Line: A]
  • Nuñez, A.-M., & Gildersleeve, R. (2014). Sociocritical matters: Migrant students’ college access. Educational Policy.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2014). Employing multilevel intersectionality in educational research: Latino identities, contexts, and college access. Educational Researcher, 43(2), 85-92.
  • Murakami, E., & Nuñez, A.-M. (2014). Latina faculty transcending barriers: Peer mentoring in a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Mentoring and tutoring: Partnership in learning, 22(4).
  • Gonzales, L. D., & Núñez, A.-M. (2014). The ranking regime and the production of knowledge: (Re)shaping faculty work?. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 22(31).
  • Crisp, G., & Nuñez, A.-M. (2014). Understanding the racial transfer gap: Modeling underrepresented minority and non-minority students’ pathways from 2-year to 4-year institutions. Review of Higher Education, 37(3), 291-320.
  • Gonzales, L., Murakami, E., & Nuñez, A.-M. (2013). Latina Faculty in the Labyrinth: Constructing and Contesting Legitimacy in Hispanic Serving Institutions. The Journal of Social Foundations, 27(1-2), 65-89.
  • Kim, D., & Nuñez, A.-M. (2013). Diversity, situated contexts, and college enrollment: Multilevel modeling to examine student, high school, and state influences. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 6(2), 84-101.
  • Nuñez, A.-M., & Crisp, G. (2012). Ethnic diversity and Latino/a college access: A
  • comparison of Mexican American and Puerto Rican beginning college students. Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, 5(2), 78-95. doi: 10.1037/a0026810
  • Nuñez, A.-M., & Murakami-Ramalho, E. (2012). The demographic dividend: Why the success of Latino faculty and students is critical. Academe, 98(1), 32-37.
  • Nuñez, A.-M., & Kim, D. (2012). Building a multicontextual model of Latino
  • college enrollment: Student, school, and state-level effects. Review of Higher Education, 35(2), 237-263. doi: 10.1353/rhe.2012.0004  
  • Nuñez, A.-M., & Bowers, A. J. (2011). Exploring what leads high school students to enroll in Hispanic-Serving Institutions: A multilevel analysis. American Educational Research Journal, 48(6), 1286-1313. doi: 10.3102/0002831211408061
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2011). Counterspaces and connections in college transitions: first-generation Latino students’ perspectives on Chicano studies. Journal of College Student Development, 52(6), 639-655. doi: 10.1353/csd.2011.0077
  • Nuñez, A.-M., Sparks, J., & Hernandez, E. (2011). Latino access to community colleges and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 10(1), 18-40. doi: 10.1177/1538192710391801
  • Nuñez, A.-M., Murakami, E., & Cuero, K. (2010). Pedagogy for equity: Teaching in a Hispanic-Serving Institution. Innovative Higher Education, 35(3), 177-190. doi: 10.1007/s10755-010-9139-7
  • Murakami, E., Nuñez, A.-M., & Cuero, K. (2010). Latin@ advocacy in the hyphen: Faculty identity and commitment in a Hispanic-Serving Institution. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 23(6), 699-717. doi: 10.1080/09518391003641924
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2009). Creating pathways to college for migrant students: Assessing a migrant outreach program. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk (JESPAR), 14(3), 226-237. doi: 10.1080/10824660903375636
  • Nuñez, A.-M., & Oliva, M. (2009). Organizational collaboration to promote college access: A P-20 framework. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 8(4), 322-339. doi: 10.1177/1538192709347844
  • Jarsky, K., McDonough, P., & Nuñez, A.-M. (2009). Establishing a college culture in secondary school through P-20 collaboration: A case study. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 8(4), 357-373. doi: 10.1177/1538192709347846
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2009). Latino students’ college transitions: A social and intercultural capital perspective. Harvard Educational Review, 79(1), 22-48.



  • Nuñez, A.-M., Hurtado, S., & Calderón Galdeano, E. (2015). (Eds.) Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Advancing Research and Transformative Practice. New York: Routledge. 
  • Nuñez, A.-M., Hoover, R., Pickett, K., Stuart-Carruthers, C., & Vazquez, M. (2013). Latinos in Higher Education and Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Creating Conditions for Success. ASHE Higher Education Report 39(1). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Selected Presentations

  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2016). Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Broadening Participation in Postsecondary Education and STEM fields. Presentation for “Investing in Diversity” lecture series, National Science Foundation: Arlington, VA.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2015). The role of HSIs vs. PWIs. Presentation at“Beyond the barriers: Advancing Latinos in higher education” conference, Texas A&M College Station, College Station, TX.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2015). Realizing the potential of Latinos and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. University of Pennsylvania Center for Minority-Serving Institutions, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2015). Five guiding questions to build capacity for research at Minority-Serving Institutions. Keynote talk – U.S. Office of Minority Health/Resource Center, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services - Higher Education Technical Assistance Project Training. San Antonio, TX.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2015). Strategies to advance in the academy. University of Pennsylvania Center for Minority-Serving Institutions ELEVATE program. Philadelphia, PA.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2015). Latinas/os in the U.S.: The demographic dividend. University of Texas Health Science Center - Exito Scholars Program. San Antonio, TX.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2015). Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Where are they now? A commissioned presentation forthe meeting “Hispanic-Serving Institutions in the 21st century: A convening.” El Paso, TX.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2015). Latino/a students in higher education.Keynote talk – Annual meeting of the Association of College Unions International (ACUI). San Antonio, TX.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2015). Why faculty matter in student success. Keynote – Degrees Project Faculty Recognition - California State University Sacramento. Sacramento, CA.
  • Hamilton, R., Nuñez, A.-M., & Vincent, G. (2015). What’s next for access and affirmative action? A panel presented at South by Southwest.Edu. Austin, TX. 
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2014). The demographic dividend: A Latina/o and HSI Lens. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities Student Success Symposium keynote speech. San Antonio, TX.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2014). What migrant students can teach us about college access and opportunity. Keynote speech – Migration/Education: A Conference on Agriculture, Seasonal Migration, and Access to Higher Education. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2014). Intersectionality and the demographic dividend: Promoting Latina/o college success. Higher Education Lecture Series. Indiana University, Bloomington, IN.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2014). Beyond wrongdoing and rightdoing: Cultivating authenticity in learning to work toward social justice. Keynote speech – Academic and Cultural Engagement of Students through Socially Just Means (A.C.E.S) Black and Latino Symposium. University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2013). Advancing educational research on Latina/os. American Educational Research Association Carlos J. Vallejo Research Fellowship Program, San Francisco, CA.
  • *Nuñez, A.-M, & Elizondo, D. (2013). Closing the Latina/o Transfer Gap: Creating Pathways to the Baccalaureate. American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education annual meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Nuñez, A.-M. (2012). The face of Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Supporting students in navigating degree pathways. New Mexico State University Teaching Academy, Las Cruces, NM.