Social & Education Policy

Nicholas Bowman

  • Professor, Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, UI College of Education
  • Director, Center for Research on Undergraduate Education
  • Researcher, Social and Education Policy Research Program


Nicholas A. Bowman is a professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program and the director of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education at the University of Iowa. He joined the UI faculty in 2015 after working as an assistant professor at Bowling Green State University and a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame. His research uses a social psychological lens to explore key topics in higher education, including college diversity, student success, rankings, admissions, and quantitative methodology.

Bowman is an associate editor of the Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research and serves on the editorial boards of Review of Educational Research, The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and Journal of College Student Development. His work has been published in leading education journals, such as Review of Educational Research, Educational Researcher, American Educational Research Journal, and Sociology of Education. He received the Promising Scholar/Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education in 2012. More information about his publications is available here

Research Interests

  • College diversity
  • Student success
  • College rankings
  • College admissions
  • Assessment of college impact

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Psychology and Education, University of Michigan, 2008
  • M.A., Education (Research Methodology), University of Michigan, 2008
  • Graduate certificate, Culture and Cognition, University of Michigan, 2008
  • M.A., Education (Higher Education), University of Michigan, 2005
  • B.A., Psychology (summa cum laude), University of California, Los Angeles, 2001