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Cecilia Rios-Aguilar

Cecilia Rios-Aguilar

Associate Dean for Equity & Inclusion

Moore Hall 2339
405 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles , CA 90095-1521
Phone: (310) 794-7914


  1. Ph.D., Educational Theory and Policy, University of Rochester
  2. M.S., School Administration, University of Rochester
  3. B.A., Economics, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Educational and occupational trajectories of under-represented students
  • Quantitative research methods
  • Big data, social media, and mobile technologies
  • Community colleges
  • Educational policies

Select Publications

Núñez, A.M., Rios-Aguilar, C., Kanno, Y., & Flores, S. (in press). English learners and their transition to postsecondary education. Handbook of Theory and Research in Higher Education.

Campbell, C. Deil-Amen, R., & Rios-Aguilar, C. (in press). Do financial aid policies unintentionally punish the poor and what can we do about it? New Directions for Community CollegesSpecial Issue: Understanding Equity in Community College Practice.

Fagioli, L., Rios-Aguilar, C., & Deil-Amen, R. (in press). Changing the context of engagement: Using Facebook to increase community college student persistence and success. Teachers College Record.

Hurwitz, J., Bosworth K., Rios-Aguilar, C., Deil-Amen, R., Hendricks, R., & Rubinstein-Avila, E. (in press). Students’ perceptions of academic efficacy and school supports: A mismatch with school demographics. Current Issues in Education.

Rios-Aguilar, C. (2015). Using big (and critical) data to unmask inequities in community colleges. New Directions for Institutional Research, Special Issue: New Scholarship in Critical Quantitative Research Part 2.