Alicia C. Dowd is a professor of education and the director of the Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE) at Pennsylvania State University. She serves as the associate editor of the Review of Educational Research, a top-ranked journal in the field of education, and as director of CSHE’s Academic Leadership Academy. Prior to joining the Penn State College of Education faculty in January 2016, Dowd was a professor at the University of Southern California. At USC she co-directed the Center for Urban Education (CUE) and was instrumental in developing the Equity Scorecard, CUE’s signature-action research process. Dowd’s scholarship revolves around the study of organizational learning and change toward racial equity in higher education. An action researcher, she utilizes cultural historical activity theory, critical race theory, and a broad array of methodological approaches to investigate topics related to organizational change, accountability, and the factors affecting student experiences, persistence, and degree attainment in postsecondary settings. Dowd is the author (with Estela Mara Bensimon) of Engaging the “Race Question”: Accountability and Equity in U.S. Higher Education (Teachers College Press, 2015).