Jared Colston

Researcher & Analyst in Education Policy


 I am a Ph.D. student 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. I am currently 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

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

Prior to coming to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I completed a Bachelor's degree in Secondary Education with a dual specialization in History and English and a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration at the University of Louisville. While at Louisville, I worked as a researcher in Organizational Development and Evaluation. Previous work experiences ranges from an Assistant Operations Coordinator at Ft. Knox U.S. Military Base to a teacher candidate in the Jefferson County Public School System.

When I'm not writing code or reading about demography and education policy, I like playing guitar and drums or spending time outside with my fiance.


Jared Colston

Ph.D. Student

Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis

University of Wisconsin-Madison