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Garrett Gowen

Graduate Research Assistant

E016 Lagomarcino





Ph.D. Expected Education, Iowa State University, May 2019
M.Ed. Higher Education, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2015
B.A. History, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2013
B.A. Political Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, May 2013

Current Projects

Global Century Project
Global Perspective Inventory
Personal and Social Responsibility Inventory

Research Interests

My research interests focus broadly on the social and civic roles of higher education, and the nature of the accountability structures in which they operate. More specifically, I am interested in how the student experience, particularly in the first-year, is impacted by both internal and external accountability pressures, as well as how these pressures drive higher education institutions to strongly resemble one another. I also pursue a great interest in the history of higher education as a way to contextualize and understand contemporary issues.


I am originally from Massachusetts, where I gained experience working in public higher education. I have a background in student affairs, with particular emphasis on residential learning communities and academically-based co-curricular planning and programming. I have been with RISE since I came to Iowa State University to begin doctoral work in Fall 2015.

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