Anthony Hernandez

Position title: Alumni

Anthony Hernandez was a doctoral student in Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison where he obtained extensive quantitative and qualitative research methods and evaluation training; taken coursework in education policy and higher education; and worked for three years at the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, a highly regarded think tank studying college affordability. At the HOPE Lab, he coordinated the two national surveys on basic needs insecurity. The first study included 70 community colleges; the second study included 66 colleges, about half of which were two-year institutions. Those mixed-methods studies, covered in various media outlets including the New York Times and National Public Radio, have raised national awareness regarding material hardship in higher education. At UW-Madison, Anthony also served as a Graduate Student Evaluator at the Wisconsin Evaluation Collaborative (WEC), one year as a Lead Evaluator, where he led a two-year evaluation of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). In 2019, he was awarded a National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Foundation Research Development Award for his dissertation work on leadership in Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). He earned an undergraduate degree from Harvard University with honors. He has a master’s degree in Administration, Planning, and Social Policy (APSP) from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE). He was a cross-registered graduate student at the Harvard Business School (HBS) and Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government (KSG). He earned a master’s degree in Education Policy Studies from University of Wisconsin Madison.