H. Kenny Nienhusser

Assistant Professor

Educational Leadership


Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Student Affairs

Academic Degrees:

EdD, Teachers College, Columbia University
MSW, Stony Brook University
BA, Stony Brook University

Areas of Focus:

Higher education policy
Implementation of public/institutional policies affecting minoritized students’ college access
Minoritized students’ high school-to-college transition
Undocu/DACAmented students
Diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education

Select Publications:

Nienhusser, H. K., & Oshio, T. (2020). Postsecondary education access (im)possibilities for undocu/DACAmented youth living with the potential elimination of DACA. Educational Studies. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131946.2020.1757448

Nienhusser, H. K., & Ives, J. (2020). Examining an urban district’s college-going culture: The role of magnet school designation. The Urban Review. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11256-020-00556-0

Nienhusser, H. K., & Oshio, T. (2019). Awakened hatred and heightened fears: “The Trump Effect” on the everyday lives of mixed-status families. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, 19(3), 173–183. https://doi.org/10.1177/1532708618817872

Nienhusser, H. K. (2018). Higher education institutional agents as policy implementers: The case of policies that affect undocumented and DACAmented students. The Review of Higher Education, 41(3), 423–453. https://doi.org/10.1353/rhe.2018.0014

Nienhusser, H. K., & Oshio, T. (2017). High school students’ accuracy in estimating cost of college: A proposed methodological approach and differences among racial/ethnic groups and college financial-related factors. Research in Higher Education, 58(7), 723–745. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11162-017-9447-1

Nienhusser, H. K., & Espino, M. M. (2017). Incorporating undocumented/DACAmented status competency into higher education institutional agents’ practice. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 54(1), 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1080/19496591.2016.1194286

Nienhusser, H. K., Vega, B. E., & Saavedra Carquin, M. C. (2016). Undocumented students’ experiences with microaggressions during their college choice process. Teachers College Record, 118(2), 1–33. https://www.tcrecord.org/content.asp?contentid=18225

Nienhusser, H. K. (2015). Undocumented immigrants and higher education policy: The policymaking environment of New York State. The Review of Higher Education, 38(2), 271–303. https://doi.org/10.1353/rhe.2015.0006

Nienhusser, H. K. (2014). Role of community colleges in the implementation of postsecondary education enrollment policies for undocumented students. Community College Review, 42(1), 3–22. https://doi.org/10.1177/0091552113509837

Nienhusser, H. K. (2013). Role of high schools in undocumented students’ college choice. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21(85), 1–32. https://doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v21n85.2013

Dougherty, K. J., Nienhusser, H. K., & Vega, B. E. (2010). Undocumented immigrants and state higher education policy: The politics of in-state tuition eligibility in Texas and Arizona. The Review of Higher Education, 34(1), 123–173. https://doi.org/10.1353/rhe.2010.0012

Research Reports:

Nienhusser, H. K. (2018). Implementation of public and institutional policies for undocu/DACAmented students at higher education institutions. Los Angeles, CA: UndocuScholars.

Nienhusser, H. K., & Dougherty, K. J. (2010). Implementation of college in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants in New York.Albany, NY: New York Latino Research and Resources Network (NYLARNet).

Dougherty, K. J., Reid, M., & Nienhusser, H. K. (2006). State policies to achieve the dream in five states: An audit of state policies to aid student access to and success in community colleges in the first five Achieving the Dream statesNew York, NY: Community College Research Center.

Selected Funded Research:

Oshio, T., & Nienhusser, H. K. Role of immigration status on undocumented and DACAmented adolescents’ social-emotional development, educational experiences and aspirations, and family processes.

Nienhusser, H. K. & Oshio, T. Factors that shape students’ postsecondary education aspiration.

Nienhusser, H. K., & Wisniewski, L. College-going culture and college choice process in an urban context.

Nienhusser, H. K., & Espino, M. Role of higher education administrators in the implementation of state and institutional policies affecting undocumented students.

Nienhusser, H. K., Vega, B. E., & Saavedra Carquin, M. C. Stigma associated with undocumented immigrants’ unauthorized status and its impact on higher education access.

Nienhusser, H. K., & Dougherty, K. J. Implementation of college in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants in New York.

Professional Experience:

Director of Academic Administration (December 2005 – August 2012)
Teachers College, Columbia University- Department of Mathematics, Science, and Technology

Assistant Director of Housing (July 2001–January 2006)
Teachers College, Columbia University- Office of Housing and Residence Life

Residence Hall Director (May 1998–July 2001)
Stony Brook University- Division of Campus Residences

H. Kenny Nienhusser
Contact Information
Phone860 486 0251
Office LocationGentry 240B