Adrianna Kezar

Adrianna Kezar

University of Southern California
Professor for Higher Education and Co-director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education


Dr. Adrianna Kezar is a national expert of change and leadership. Her research explores the change process in higher education institutions and the role of leadership in creating change. Dr. Kezar is also a well-known qualitative researcher and has several publications about ways to improve qualitative research in education, including 14 books, over 75 journal articles, and over a hundred book chapters and reports. In 2011, she published two new books: Recognizing and Serving Low Income Students (Routledge, 2011) and Enhancing Campus Capacity for Leadership (Stanford Press, 2011). Other recent books include: Understanding the New Majority of Non-tenure Track Faculty (Jossey Bass, 2010), Organizing for Collaboration (Jossey Bass, 2009), Rethinking Leadership Practices in a Complex, Multicultural, and Global World (Stylus Press, 2009), Rethinking the "L" Word in Higher Education: The Revolution of Research on Leadership (Jossey Bass, 2006), and Higher Education for the Public Good (Jossey Bass, 2005).

Dr. Kezar has acquired over $6 million dollars in grant funding and has worked on grant-funded projects exceeding $12 million dollars on a variety of projects to fundamentally improve higher education, including a recent grant from the National Science Foundation to study networks formed to work with faculty in STEM to improve undergraduate education.

Dr. Kezar holds a 1996 Ph.D. and a 1992 M.A. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan, as well as a 1989 B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She joined the faculty at USC in 2003.