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Raquel Rall

Raquel Rall

Assistant Professor

Graduate School of Education
2106 Sproul Hall
(951) 827-5955

Research Areas

Rall’s research centers on identifying best practices to increase access to and success in higher education for traditionally marginalized communities and on bridging research and practice.   She is  dedicated to maximizing educational outcomes for communities that have traditionally had the least opportunities and uses her academic research to better understand and uncover the meanings and intricate characteristics of experiences, interactions, people, events, and environments pertaining to postsecondary access and success for underrepresented and underserved student groups. Dr. Rall  aims to understand the conditions that lead to and ultimately result in widespread change in education policy and the ramifications of this transformation on student experiences and outcomes. Her focus for this research has been the strategic apex and ideologies of access, diversity, and inclusion at the systemic and structural level of higher education governance with an emphasis on governing boards.



She earned bachelor’s degrees in Human Biology and African and African American Studies from Stanford University.  She is also a graduate of USC’s Rossier School of Education where she earned her Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy and was a Provost Fellow.  


Dr. Raquel M. Rall joins UCR’s Graduate School of Education this fall as an Assistant Professor of Higher Education.  Last year, Rall was  an University of California Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow in the UC Riverside School of Education where her research focused on issues of governance, specifically the decision making of public boards of higher education.  Rall previously served as an Assistant Professor of Research in the Pullias Center for Higher Education at USC’s Rossier School of Education where she was awarded a teaching and mentorship award. Her scholarly presentations and papers at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and American Educational Research Association (AERA) span topics of STEM, college access, community engagement, and governance.



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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Graduate School of Education
1207 Sproul Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5234
Fax: (951) 827-3942


Last Modified: 11/29/17