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Public Profile

First Name
Last Name
Job Title
Assistant Professor
Employer/Institution (other)
The University of Iowa
Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
Other discipline / Specific area of work
Education; Sociology of Education; Social Stratification
Short Biography

Brian An is Assistant Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa. In 2009, B. An attained his Ph.D. in sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Before joining the faculty at the University of Iowa, B. An was Postdoctoral Research Associate for the Center for Research on Educational Opportunity at the Institute for Educational Initiatives at the University of Notre Dame (2009–10).

B. An’s research expands across an individual’s life course, but his main focus is on the transition from high school to college and college persistence. In particular, B. An has considered the influence of dual enrollment—programs in the United States that allow high school students the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school—on academic performance, college readiness, and degree attainment.

B. An is currently working on six research projects. With AQMeN researchers, his first and second projects consider the role of curriculum studied at secondary school on an individual’s chance of entering different tertiary institutions, and the influence of different postsecondary institutions and fields of study on individuals’ labor market outcomes, respectively. His third project examines the mediating role of social and academic involvement on the relation between dual enrollment and college retention. His fourth project examines individual and school factors that influence dual enrollment participation in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. His fifth project examines the influence of family disruptions to household on a child’s college decisions. His sixth project considers the influence of English as a Second Language programs on the college choices of Hispanic students.