Graduate School of Education
2104 Sproul Hall
- Higher education politics, policy and finance in the United States and abroad. In particular, I am interested on how political dynamics, ideology and political institutions affect government decisions over spending, regulation and policy. I am also interested in understanding how higher education affects income distribution at the state, country and global levels.
- B.A., Economics, Federal University of Minas Gerais
- M.A., Economics, Federal University of Rio De Janeiro
- M.A., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
- Ph.D., Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles
Luciana Dar is an Assistant Professor of higher education at the University of California, Riverside. Her research interests fall into three interconnected areas of inquiry: comparative political economy of higher education, the relationship between higher education and social inequality, and the politics of higher education. She approaches each of these areas with a combination of theoretical and methodological tools from the positive political economy, comparative politics, and public finance literatures in close connection with insights from the public policy and higher education fields. Her recent work seeks to explain why public support for higher education has decreased while the public demand and value of a college education has increased and why states' priorities for higher education are frequently misaligned with states' economic needs. Luciana holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles and an M.A in Economics from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro.
- Dar, L. & Lee, D.W (2014). Partisanship, political polarization and state higher education budget outcomes. Journal of Higher Education.85(4), 469-498
- Dar, L. (2014) Toward a better understanding of equity in higher education finance and policy. In Paulsen, M. (Ed.), Higher education: Handbook of theory and research, Vol. 29 (pp. 535-571). New York, NY: Springer.
- Dar, L. (2012). The political dynamics of higher education policy. Journal of Higher Education, 83(6), 769-794.
Chapters in books
- Dar, L. (2012). The comparative political economy of vocational education: Lessons for the study of community colleges in the United States. In J. Levin & S. Kater (Eds.), Understanding community colleges. New York, NY: Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group.
- Hurtado, S., Saenz, V., & Dar, L. (2008). Low-income students of color in higher education and the Gates Millennium Scholars Program. In E. St. John (Ed.), Readings on equal education, Vol. XXIII. New York, NY: AMS Press. December/2012
Policy Briefs/Technical Reports
- Dar, L. & Yoshikawa, S. (November, 2013) Do public universities use resources to widen opportunity? Key Findings. Scholars Strategy Network.
- Dar, L. (2014). Where do we go from here? The effects of the “Great Recession” on California’s community colleges and their students. Haynes Foundation.
- Dar, L. (2015). The politics of higher education finance: The role of states and institutions. Policy Matters. UCR School of Public Policy
Selected Works in Progress
- Dar, L. & Yoshikawa, S. Higher education institutions matter: Federalism, Representation and Redistribution.
- Dar, L. & Franke, R. Revisiting the political economy of government support for higher education: Evidence from a new unifying measure for the American states.
- Curs, B., & Dar, L. Does state financial aid affect institutional aid? An analysis of the role of state policy on postsecondary institutional pricing strategies. Available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1641489
- Dar, L. Politics, inequality and state priorities for higher education. Available at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1641486