Jeremy Wright-Kim is an Assistant Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. Utilizing a range of critical approaches and methodologies, Dr. Wright-Kim’s scholarship examines the role and impact of public policy in addressing and/or perpetuating structural inequities in American higher education. The bulk of his work centers the community college sector as “democracy’s college” and its potential as an engine for opportunity, particularly for minoritized, historically underserved, and “at-promise” students.
Some of Dr. Wright-Kim’s recent and ongoing work explores the implementation and impact of community college baccalaureate adoption, for which he received the AERA Dissertation Fellowship and ASHE Dissertation of the Year award; the (in)equity of community college funding formulas; and the role of state policy in addressing access and affordability issues. Along with policy briefs and book chapters, his work has been featured in The Review of Higher Education, Educational Policy, AERA Open, and Community College Review, with funding by the American Educational Research Association, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Lumina Foundation, California Community College Chancellor’s Office, and other state offices.
Prior to joining U-M, Dr. Wright-Kim was an Assistant Professor at Fairleigh Dickson University and served in a variety of academic and student affairs positions supporting minoritized, first-generation, low-income, non-traditional, and undocumented students in the Chicagoland area. He earned his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s from Bowling Green State University, and a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University.