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Austin Barraza

Doctoral Student

Austin Barraza is a doctoral student in the Department of Political Science at Northeastern University, specializing in American Politics and Public Policy. He has a strong background and interest in higher education politics and public policy. Austin has served as a Teaching Assistant for courses such as Introductory American Government, US National Security Policy, and US Health and Welfare Policy.


Austin was born and raised in Southern California, outside of Los Angeles. A baseball and basketball fan, he has yet to switch his allegiances to any Boston teams though that won’t stop him from catching a Red Sox or Celtics game. A first generation college student, Austin looks forward to working with and mentoring other first generation scholars as a doctoral student and eventual faculty member.

Prior to Northeastern, Austin earned an MA in political science from California State University Fullerton, a BA in political science from the University of California Los Angeles, and an AA in American Studies from Riverside City College.

Conference Presentations

Barraza, A. (2019, April). Community college performance funding: Political support and resistance in
three states. Paper presented at the 72nd annual meeting of the Western Political Science Association, San Diego, CA.

Garcia, K., Contreras, F., & Barraza, A. (2019, March). Leadership and institutional capacity of Hispanic serving community colleges. Paper presented at the 14th annual meeting of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education, Costa Mesa, CA.

Research Interests: Higher Education Politics, Education Policy, College Access, Community Colleges, State and Local Politics

Contact info:
960A Renaissance Park

Curriculum Vitae