Graduate School of Education
2106 Sproul Hall
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.