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Gresham D. Collom

Research Associate

Pronouns: He/Him


  • Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies with a Minor in Statistics and Data Science: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • M.S.Ed. in Higher Education Leadership: University of Wisconsin, Whitewater
  • B.A. in Criminal Justice: University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

About Gresham D. Collom

Dr. Gresham Collom is a research associate specializing in postsecondary policy at Research for Action. He currently serves as project lead for studies focused on outcomes-based funding and tuition-free college.

Prior to joining RFA, Gresham was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Tennessee and a research fellow for the Career and Technical Education Research Fellows Program at North Carolina State University. At the University of Tennessee, he primarily conducted mixed-methods research on tuition-free college policies in several grant funded partnerships with the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. Gresham also taught several graduate courses in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and continues to teach as an adjunct instructor. Gresham centers equity when researching education policies and is committed to improving educational systems that too often marginalize low-income and minoritized individuals. Gresham’s work can be found in the academic journals Community College Review, Community College Journal of Research and Practice, New Directions for Community Colleges, Journal for Student Financial Aid, and Review of Higher Education.

  • When I'm not at work, you can find me...

    Hiking in the mountains or reading a fantasy novel.

  • A fun fact about me is...

    I'm a descendent of the Mohican Chief John Konkapot.

  • Can't stop listening to...

    Lord Huron