Ryan Evely Gildersleeve

Professor; Associate Dean

What I do

I am a professor of higher education. I study the philosophy and theory of higher education in the U.S. and globally, as well as higher education policy.

Professional Biography

Dr. Ryan Evely Gildersleeve is Professor of Higher Education. His research focuses on the philosophical foundations of higher education and the social/political contexts of educational opportunity. His work includes cultural analyses of college access and success, discursive analyses of higher education policy, and philosophical analyses of qualitative methodologies. He often works in collaboration with Latinx (im)migrant communities and access-oriented institutions (e.g., Hispanic-serving Institutions, community colleges, etc.). As a researcher, RyanEG has held prestigious fellowships from the University of California, the Lumina Foundation for Education, and the Spencer Foundation. In recognition of his research contributions, Gildersleeve was awarded the 2011 Early Career Award in Research Methodology and Measurement from the American Educational Research Association. He also received the 2011 John B. Muir Award for most significant publication from the National Association for College Admission Counseling for his article about the life story of an undocumented college applicant. Gildersleeve was a National Academy of Education Postdoctoral Fellow in 2012-2014, supporting his research about in-state resident tuition policy, undocumented students, and higher education opportunity. In 2018-2019, Gildersleeve served as Visiting Senior Fellow with the Spencer Foundation and Visiting Scholar at the Center for Higher Education Futures at Aarhus University, Denmark. He is the Executive Editor of About Campus, one of the premier journals of ACPA: College Student Educators International. Gildersleeve earned his MA in Higher Education and Organizational Change and PhD in Education from UCLA. He is a graduate of Occidental College.


  • Ph.D., Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 2006
  • MA, Higher Education and Organizational Change, University of California, Los Angeles, 2003
  • AB, Theater, Occidental College, 2000

Professional Affiliations

  • American Educational Research Association
  • International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry