Kennan is a Managing Researcher for Studies of Postsecondary Student Success working with Dr. Peter Riley Bahr and his team. She helps manage Dr. Bahr’s research projects and collaborates on research investigating educational and labor market outcomes among community college students. Currently, these projects include research funded by the Institute for Education Sciences (IES) to study career and technical centers in Ohio and a project funded by the Lumina Foundation to investigate noncredit community college programs.
Kennan’s research focuses on identifying barriers and opportunities that impact the life trajectories of young adults. Her work has been published in Teachers College Record, Research in Higher Education, the Journal of Family Issues, among others. Prior to joining the School of Education, Kennan worked at the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University, Chicago Public Schools, and the American Institutes for Research’s Center for the Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research. She received her PhD in Sociology and M.A. in Statistics from the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a B.A. in History from the University of Chicago.