Jared Colston

Associate Director of Research


I am the Associate Director of Research at the Postsecondary National Policy Institute (PNPI), where my primary task is leading PNPI's research portfolio in creating products (primers, fact sheets, original reports, and data tools) to inform congressional staff on key issues related to federal higher education policy.

I am also finishing a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research focuses on the intersection of higher education, geography, and mobility with particular interest in equity of access to education, the role postsecondary institutions play in their regional political economies, policies surrounding migration and “brain drain,” and the economics of higher education.

In addition to my research interests, I have a passion for data visualization, program evaluation, public policy analysis, quantitative methodology, and causal inference.

Before joining PNPI, I worked as a project assistant with the Student Success Through Applied Research (SSTAR) Lab and a research fellow at both the Institute for Research on Poverty and the Center for the Study of College-Workforce Transitions.  I have a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with a dual specialization in History and English and a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Louisville (UofL). While at UofL, I worked as a researcher in Organizational Development and Evaluation. Previous work experiences range from an Assistant Operations Coordinator at Ft. Knox U.S. Military Base to a teacher candidate in the Jefferson County Public School System.


Jared Colston

Associate Director of Research

Postsecondary National Policy Institute


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