Cohort 2020
Education MA, Liberal Studies, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, BA, Music Performance and Chinese/Japanese Studies, Valparaiso University
Research Interests Higher education; Data and statistics; Sociology of education; Public policy

Avery M.D. Davis studies higher education reform, particularly as it relates to students’ entry and exit experiences with postsecondary financing. With the competitive higher education ecosystem and dynamic student demographics, he is motivated by innovative organizational structures aimed at access and success. He employs sociological theories and quantitative methodologies to examine program offerings, pricing, and student outcomes in relation to student debt and social mobility. Previously, Avery worked on project regarding the privatization of universities and its effects on institutional behavior. Currently, he is analyzing the High School Longitudinal Study (from the National Center for Education Statistics) to address the affordability question.

Avery is the proud product of public, private, and charter school systems.