Our Team

Our research team is comprised of faculty and students at The Ohio State University and New York University. 


Matthew J. Mayhew is the William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor in Educational Administration. He is interested in how collegiate conditions, educational practices, and student experiences influence learning and democratic outcomes, including moral reasoning, pluralism, productive exchange across worldview differences, and innovation capacity. To support the study of college and its impact on student development and learning, Dr. Mayhew has been awarded more than $14 million in funding from sources including but not limited to the U.S. Department of Education, the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, and the Merrifield Family Trust.

Mayhew has published more than 50 peer-reviewed articles in journals, including Research in Higher Education; Journal of Higher Education; Review of Higher Education; the Journal of College Student Development; and the Journal of Moral Education. Complementing these peer-reviewed journal articles are other empirical works, including How College Affects Students: Volume 3, two pieces selected for the ASHE Reader series, a book chapter written for Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research, and a co-edited volume with Routledge of the Taylor and Francis Group. Mayhew has won many awards for his research and teaching. He received his doctorate from the University of Michigan in 2004.


Zach Hooten, MA, MS Ed, is a second-year PhD student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at The Ohio State University. He is a three-time graduate of the University of Dayton, receiving his BA in Philosophy and Theology, MA in Theological Studies, and most recently MS Ed in College Student Personnel. He has worked in Housing and Residence Life at the University of Dayton as an Area Coordinator and Butler University as Coordinator of Programming and Operations. Zach currently serves at the Research Director for ACREO.

Ethan Youngerman, EdD, is a graduate of the Higher and Postsecondary Education EdD program at NYU.  He's a Senior Language Lecturer in Expository Writing and the Faculty Fellow in Residence at NYU's Senior House.

Chris Stipeck, MA, is an EdD candidate in the Higher and Postsecondary Education program at NYU and Assistant Director for Residential Life at NYU.


Laura Stiltz Dahl, MEd, is a fourth-year PhD candidate in Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University. Before coming to OSU, Laura coordinated a living learning community for Rutgers University's Douglass Residential College. Her research interests include prosocial behaviors and bystander intervention. She is extremely passionate about living learning programs and their effect on student outcomes.

Special Thanks


Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas, Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Director, Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education at the University of Virginia.  She was the Principal Investigator for the National Study of Living Learning Programs for a decade, beginning with its inception in 2003.

Aaron Brower, Ph.D., is the Interim Chancellor, University of Wisconsin Colleges and University of Wisconsin-Extension.  He was the Co-Principal Investigator for the National Study of Living Learning Programs for a decade, beginning with its inception in 2003.