My ability to empower students is the most rewarding aspect of my 10 years as a student affairs and higher education professional. I find I am at my best when working to develop policy structures and strategic initiatives in order to create the highest quality educational experiences for students, staff, and faculty alike.

I believe data tells a story and uncovers solutions to problems. Using both qualitative and quantitative methods, I use research to bridge the gap between theory and praxis. I examine the application of higher education policy in a digital learning context, specifically focusing on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and massive open online courses, more commonly referred to as MOOCs.

I am passionate about creating public policy through the lens of ethics, equity, accessibility, and social justice. I also strive to make connections between students, policy makers, and education practitioners.

I mostly recently worked at MIT in the Division of Student Life. I hold a Masters of Education in Higher Education, and earned a Doctorate in Law and Public Policy (D.LP.) from Northeastern University in June 2016.

I'd love to hear from you! I can be reached via email or social media.

Michelle Lessly Blackburn