Ross Benbow

Position title: Researcher

Ross J. Benbow is a Researcher with the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions and the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With a background in political science, international education, and comparative analysis, Ross earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. He specializes in mixed methods and social network approaches to research, and as a project leader, qualitative analyst, consultant, teacher, and writer has shared his work in books—including Beyond the Skills Gap (2016), winner of the AAC&U Frederic W. Ness Book Award—as well as academic journals such as the Harvard Educational ReviewHigher Education, the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and the Journal of the Learning Sciences. Ross’ current research focuses on relationships among teaching and learning, student support services, and sociocultural transitions in colleges and universities, with a particular interest in the career paths of marginalized undergraduates. He is the Principal Investigator of the Veteran Education to Workforce Affinity and Success Study (VETWAYS), a National Science Foundation-funded project centered on the support networks and professional trajectories of student military service members and veterans. Ross also co-leads the Networks and Cultural Assets Project (NACA), a CCWT research and technical assistance program that uses asset-based cultural and social perspectives to help college educators better support marginalized students.