Liang Zhang is a Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Administration, Leadership, and Technology at the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Prior to joining NYU in 2017, he taught at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Vanderbilt University, and Penn State University. He holds a PhD in Economics from Cornell University and a PhD in Higher Education from the University of Arizona.
Dr. Zhang’s research focuses on higher education economics, finance, and public policy, particularly on the role of governments and institutions in affecting institutional performances and student outcomes. His recent studies include (1) the impact of college education on student outcomes post-graduation, (2) the efficacy of state and institutional policies on college access and success, (3) the changing landscape of the academic labor market and its consequences, and (4) research production at higher education institutions across the globe. His work has appeared in The Review of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Journal of Human Resources, Economics of Education Review, Educational Policy, and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, and Higher Education: Handbook of Theory and Research.