Victoria Ballerini

Research Associate



B.A. in Sociology: University of Buenos Aires
Master of Social Policy: Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences
Ph.D. in Postsecondary Education: New York University


Victoria Ballerini is a Research Associate who contributes to RFA’s postsecondary policy projects, including an evaluation of state and local free community college programs, and an assessment of policies implemented by three states to narrow racial and ethnic gaps in postsecondary attainment. Ballerini is also leading research on the scholarship and mentoring implementation of Say Yes to Education-Cleveland and co-directing a study on state efforts to recognize learning that occurs outside of a college setting.

Prior to joining RFA, Victoria worked in the Minister’s Office at Argentina’s Federal Ministry of Social Development, led international academic initiatives for Georgetown University’s Department of Government, and was a fellow at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. She also taught statistics, and international higher education policy courses at New York University and Baruch College. Victoria’s research focuses on higher education policy reform from a comparative perspective, access and equity, and tuition-free/open-access models in higher education. She holds a master’s degree in Social Policy with concentration in Education from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, and a PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education from New York University.