Daniel Klasik

Daniel Klasik
Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration
(202) 994-1453

Daniel Klasik earned his Ph.D. in Education Policy and M.A. in Economics at Stanford University. Dr. Klasik's research uses a wide variety of quantitative methods to study student pathways into and through postsecondary education. His ongoing research agenda spans a number of topics about the forces that shape inequities in whether and where students attend college, with work examining racial and economic stratification in higher education; how students make choices about where to apply to college; the effect of affirmative action and other admissions policies on campus diversity; the complicated steps that lead to four-year college enrollment; and how geography and geographic immobility influence where students enroll in college and their later life outcomes. His work can be found in a wide variety of education and policy journals, and in 2016 he was recognized as a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow for his work trying to better understand students' college application behavior.

Ph.D., Stanford University
M.A., Stanford University
B.A., Williams College


Reardon, S. F., Kasman, M., Klasik, D., & Baker, R. B. (2016) Student resources and stratification among colleges: An agent-based simulation of five mechanisms of the college sorting process. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 19 (1), 8.

Klasik, D. (2013). The ACT of enrollment: The college enrollment effects of required college entrance exam testing. Educational Researcher, 42 (3), 151-160.

Klasik, D. (2012). The college application gauntlet: A systematic analysis of the steps to four-year college enrollment. Research in Higher Education, 53 (5), 506-549.

Horng, E., Klasik, D., & Loeb S. (2010). Principal time-use and school effectiveness. American Journal of Education, 116 (4), 491-523.

In the News

Faculty and students represented GSEHD at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Conference in Tampa, FL:

  • Dr. Daniel Klasik and doctoral student Angel Jones (Ph.D. in Education) presented in a Paper Session: The Many Paths to College Enrollment: Re-Conceptualizing College Choice. Dr. Klasik also presented in a Paper Session: The Consequences of Geographic Immobility on Postsecondary Outcomes for Low-Income Students.
  • Dr. Maxine Freund and doctoral candidates Lauren Hunter Naples and Elisabeth Kutscher (both Special Education and Disability Studies) presented in a Paper Session: Beyond Accommodation: Advancing a Culture of Neurodiversity in Higher Education. Elisabeth Kutscher also presented in a Round Table Session: “We’re Not All Cut from the Same Cloth”: A Mixed Methods Investigation of College Persistence in Students with Disabilities and/or Learning Differences.
  • Dr. Ashley Stone presented in a Paper Session: Reframing Rurality: How Empowering Rural Students Enriches Rural Research. Dr. Stone also presented in a Paper Session with a colleague from the University of Maine on The Positionality of Place: Examining How Scholarship Engages with the “Where” in Higher Education Research.
  • Doctoral student Nancy Stalowski (Higher Education Administration) presented in a Round Table Session on: The White Male Benefactor: Venture Philanthropy in Higher Education.
  • Dr. Deniece Dortch presented in a Paper Session: Naming and Disrupting the Problem of White Western Models of Socialization: Toward a New Understanding of the African American Doctoral Student Experience.

Dr. Daniel Klasik presented the fall 2017 installment of the Ecology of Education series, entitled Moving out to move up: The relationship between geographic mobility, college choice, and economic outcomes. You can watch the recorded video if you missed the event.

On November 30, Dean Michael Feuer provided opening remarks at the Parthenon-EY Higher Education Forum. Dr. Daniel Klasik presented on a panel entitled, "Factors and forces affecting the promise," along with GSEHD alumna Jaimie Francis (master's higher education administration), Director of Programs and Operations at the Center for Education and Workforce at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.

Dr. Daniel Klasik was unanimously elected to be the new director of GSEHD's higher education administration program for the 2017-2018 academic year. Dr. Klasik will phase into the new role this semester and has the support of Dr. Rita Kirshstein as the master's degree coordinator. Dr. Kirshstein was also unanimously elected to continue in her role supporting master's degree students. The faculty are confident in their leadership, care, and dedication as the program continues to grow and excel in equipping scholar-practitioners to meet the demands of work in higher education administration.