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Deondra Rose
Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Director of Polis: Center for Politics
Assistant Professor of History
Assistant Professor of Political Science


Ph.D., Cornell University (2012)
M.A., Cornell University (2010)
A.B., University of Georgia, Athens (2005)



Citizens by Degree book coverCitizens By Degree: "Deondra Rose's landmark book highlights the centrality of federal government policies in opening opportunities vital to female advancement in both the economy and civic life."—Theda Skocpol, Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology, Harvard University




Deondra Rose talks about how the launch of Sputnik opened the door to college for millions of American women. Listen:


Rose discusses her research on higher education policy:


Deondra Rose is an Assistant Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy with secondary appointments in the Department of Political Science and the Department of History.  Her research focuses on the feedback effects of landmark social policies on the American political landscape.  In addition to U.S. public/social policy, Rose's research and teaching interests include higher education policy, American political development (APD), political behavior, identity politics (e.g., gender, race, and socioeconomic status), and inequality.

She is the author of Citizens by Degree: Higher Education Policy and the Changing Gender Dynamics of American Citizenship (Oxford University Press, 2018), which examines the development of landmark U.S. higher education policies--including the National Defense Education Act of 1958, the Higher Education Act of 1965, and Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments--and their impact on the progress that women have made since the mid-twentieth century.  

Rose's research has appeared in Studies in American Political Development, the Journal of Policy History, the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and PS: Political Science & Politics.