Kristen Renn, PhD is a Professor of Higher, Adult, & Lifelong Education at Michigan State University.
Dr. Renn has recently served as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies/Director for Student Success Initiatives. Prior to coming to Michigan State University she was a dean in the Office of Student Life at Brown University and a policy analyst for the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.
Dr. Renn’s research focuses on the experiences, learning, and development of minoritized students in higher education. As MSU’s University Innovation Alliance Liaison, she also studies student success, with a particular focus on low-income students and racially minoritized students. She recently completed a landmark study of women’s colleges and universities worldwide. Dr. Renn is also co-PI of the National Study of LGBTQ Student Success.
She graduated from Mount Holyoke College and received her PhD in higher education at Boston College.