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 Expertise:

Higher education policy
Implementation of public/institutional policies affecting college access
Underserved students’ high school-to-college transition
Undocu/DACAmented students
Diversity and higher education


Nienhusser, H. K., & Ives, J. (2020). Examining an urban district’s college-going culture: The role of magnet school designation. The Urban Review, Online first, 1–29.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Nienhusser, H. K., Vega, B. E., & Saavedra Carquin, M. C. (2015). Bridging the gap: Guiding the college search of undocumented students. Journal of College Admission, 229(Fall), 30–34.

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.

Nienhusser, H. K. (2013). Role of high schools in undocumented students’ college choice. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 21(85), 1–32.

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.

Dougherty, K. J., Reid. M., & Nienhusser, H. K. (2006). Helping students enter and succeed: Access, success, and accountability policies in the “Achieving the Dream” states. Community College Journal (October–November), 42–47.

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 states. New 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