Shanell Hagood

Research Analyst



B.A., University of Michigan
M.S.: University of Pennsylvania, Higher Education


Shanell Hagood is a qualitative research analyst with particular expertise in postsecondary education and a concern for the experiences of students of color.  She contributes to several large-scale studies of postsecondary policy reform, including a multi-site study of college Promise programs and a five-year study that examines key components of the Cleveland Say Yes To Education initiative.  Hagood also contributes to several studies that includes the use of a racial equity framework including an evaluation of Lumina’s Talent, Innovation, and Equity grants for states to focus on interventions to lessen attainment gaps by race. Her portfolio also includes a study in partnership with Nationwide Mutual Insurance company to further understand the career choices of HBCU students.

Hagood began her work in postsecondary education as a practitioner as an admissions representative at her alma mater, the University of Michigan. She later furthered her education at the University of Pennsylvania with an M.S.Ed in Higher Education, where she also served in a leadership position in the Graduate School of Education Students of Color network, as a Teaching Assistant for Diversity in Higher Education, and as a Graduate Assistant for Penn’s Racial Empowerment Collaborative, which works to ensure racial literacy and socialization among Black adolescents.