H. Kenny Nienhusser
|Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership
Department of Education
Nienhusser teaches courses such as higher education policy, diversity in higher education, organizational theory and change in higher education, qualitative research, student affairs administration, proposal seminar (framing and developing dissertation proposals), and synthesis seminar (preparing literature reviews) to doctoral students in the Educational Leadership Program.
Nienhusser's research focuses on the implementation of public and institutional policies that impact underserved minority students' postsecondary education access. Specifically, he examines how education institutional agents (e.g., systems-level officers, higher education administrators, and high school staff) implement public and institutional policies that shape these students’ college access. His scholarship has primarily examined this phenomen through the lens of undocumented students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. More recently, Nienhusser, in collaboration with Lisa Wisniewski (a doctoral student in the University's Educational Leadership Program), is investigating the college-going culture of high schools and college choice process of high school seniors in the Hartford public school district. Further, Nienhusser, in collaborationn with Toko Oshio (University of Michigan- Flint), is examining High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS: 09) data to further understand several aspects of students' high school to college transition.