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Lorenzo Baber

Title: Associate Professor
Department: School of Education

Office: 2666d Lagomarcino 901 Stange Rd, Ames, IA 50011
Phone number: +1 515 294 8374
Email: ldbaber@iastate.edu

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Research interests

Drawing from frameworks in sociology and critical theory, my research focuses on the experiences of underrepresented and minoritized populations in postsecondary education. I focus specifically on the topics of college readiness, persistence in STEM education, and community college leadership. Each of these areas contributes to promoting educational equity and student diversity across various institutional contexts.



Select Publications

  • Baber, L. D. (2018). Living in the Along: Validating experiences among urban community college students. Community College Review. 46(3) 316–340
  • Burt, B. & Baber, L. D. (2018). The power of language: Exploring foundations of neoliberalism in federal financial aid policy. Journal of Negro Education. 87(2), 140-153
  • Revelo-Alonso, R. & Baber, L. D.  (2017). Engineering resistors: Engineering Latina/o students and emerging resistant capital. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 17(3) 249–269
  • Baber, L. D. (2015). Examining post-racial ideology in higher education. Teachers College Record, 114 (2), 5-26.

Courses Taught

  • HG ED 578: Student in American Higher Education
  • HG ED 582: Comprehensive Community College
  • HG ED 598: Capstone Seminar (M.Ed. in Higher Education)
  • HG ED 666: Academic Issues and Cultures
  • HG ED 615H: Dissertation Proposal Writing
  • ELPS 624: Critical Race Theory in Education

Active Grants and Contracts

  • Co-Principal Investigator (Craig Ogilvie, Principal Investigator, Iowa State University). NSF INCLUDES Alliance: National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty. National Science Foundation (#1834521). Grant Award, $240,848 over four years, 2018-2022
  • Co-Principal Investigator (Benjamin Ahn, Principal Investigator, Iowa State University). Workplace Preparation in the Aerospace Engineering Profession. National Science Foundation (#1826388). Grant Award, $293,000 over three years, 2018-2021
  • External Research Consultant, (Nathanial Frackler, Principal Investigator, Nebraska Wesleyan University). Using validation theory to enhance the recruitment, retention, and success of academically talented low-income STEM students at a rural institution, National Science Foundation (#1643499). Grant Award, $649,000 over four years, 2017-2021.
  • Senior Research Personnel, (Diane Rover and Jonathan Wickert, Principal Investigators, Iowa State University), Iowa-Illinois-Nebraska (IINSPIRE) Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP), National Science Foundation (#1619654). Grant Award, $5,000,000 over five years (sub-award to School of Education at Iowa State University, $998,000 over five years), 2016-2021.