Katherine S. Cho, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in Student Affairs in Higher Education at Miami University, Ohio. Grounded in her experiences as a scholar, educator, administrator, advocate, and activist, Dr. Cho's research agenda centers on institutions— in their potentialities to change and transform towards social justice and in their realities of maintaining and manifesting systems of oppression. Her work spans across student activism; institutionalized racism; retention efforts; and flipping the narrative of "why aren't students prepared for college" to "why aren't colleges prepared for our students." At Miami University, she teaches critical research design and organizational theory.
Prior to, Dr. Cho was as a research analyst at the Higher Education Research Institute, focusing on how colleges and universities increase the retention for marginalized and minoritized student populations. While in New York City, she was a higher education administrator managing several student-leadership programs and worked for an educational nonprofit centered on service-learning and civic engagement. Former experiences also include being a teaching fellow, an associate board member for a nonprofit addressing domestic violence, a mural artist, conference chair, wedding coordinator, and calligrapher.
Dr. Cho received a Ph.D. and M.A. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles; an M.A. in Sociology & Education from Columbia University, Teachers College; and a B.A. in Public Policy Studies from Duke University. She is a 2019 National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellow and a 2019-2020 Faculty First-Look Scholar.