Name: Ramy Abbady
Program: Sociology of Education
Research Interests: Higher ed finance policy, student loan debt, wealth inequality
Research Description/Bio: Ramy is starting their PhD in the Sociology of Education program in Fall 2020. His previous education includes receiving a B.A. from Vassar College in educational studies with a minor in physics and an M.A. in higher education and student affairs from the University of San Francisco. For the past four years, Ramy was based in the San Francisco Bay Area, where they worked at several universities in student housing, academic advising, and graduate program administration.
These experiences working in higher education have inspired Ramy’s research interests. Through seeing the inequities faced by students, even at public universities intended to be accessible to all, Ramy became interested in student loan debt, with a specific interest in how free tuition policies impact people of color, first-generation college students, and other marginalized populations. He intends to examine the effects of such policies on wealth inequality.
Originally from Long Island, Ramy enjoys spending time with friends and family. Some of their other interests include rock-climbing, vegan food, and following politics.
Link to Personal Website: twitter.com/RHAbbady