Rebecca Dolinsky Graham

Dr. Rebecca Dolinsky Graham is the former Director for Student Success in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success (DESS) at AAC&U. Prior to joining DESS, Graham worked as a Program Manager and Research Analyst in the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment (OQCA) at AAC&U—as project manager and/or researcher for the VALUE, GEMs, Faculty Collaboratives, and Quality Collaboratives projects. Prior to joining OQCA, she worked in the Development Office at AAC&U while finishing her dissertation. Graham is a mixed-methods researcher and published author, with over ten years of experience in both higher education and nonprofits.

Graham facilitates workshops on diversity, equity, and inclusion for campus practitioners, and has taught courses on gender and sexuality in the community college and private college sectors. She conducts original research on LGBTQ student success, as well as the relationship between early campus crime policy and campus sexual assault. She has also written on contingent faculty issues and sustainable campus change efforts. Graham’s dissertation focused on early lesbian and gay activist spaces in Washington, DC, discussing the critical importance for intersectionality and inclusion in those spaces. Her theoretical emphases include identity, inequity, social movements, feminisms, and emotions/affect/trauma.

Graham received her B.A. in Sociology from Kent State University, her M.A. in Sociology from Ohio University, and her Ph.D. in Sociology (Feminist Studies) from the University of California, Santa Cruz.