Nicholas Bowman

Title & Affiliation
Senior Research Fellow Social and Education Policy Research Program
Professor College of Education


  • PhD, Psychology and Education, University of Michigan, 2008
  • MA, Education: Research Methodology, University of Michigan, 2008
  • Graduate certificate, Culture and Cognition, University of Michigan, 2008
  • MA, Education: Higher Education, University of Michigan, 2005

Nicholas Bowman is the Mary Louise Petersen Chair in Higher Education, a professor in the Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, and the director of the Center for Research on Undergraduate Education. His scholarship uses a social psychological lens to explore key topics in higher education, including student success, diversity, rankings, admissions, and quantitative methodology.

Since 2009, Bowman’s work has appeared in more than 80 journal articles, 20 book chapters, and 100 peer-reviewed conference presentations. This research has been published in leading education journals, such as Review of Educational Research, Educational Researcher, American Educational Research Journal, Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Sociology of Education. Bowman received the Promising Scholar/Early Career Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education in 2012, and he was the University of Iowa Scholar of the Year in 2018. More information about his publications is available here

Research Interests

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