Raquel M. Rall, PhD, is an associate professor and faculty chair in the School of Education at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). Before her appointment at UCR, she was a UC Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow and assistant research professor at the University of Southern California (USC). Her research centers on postsecondary leadership and governance. Of particular interest to Rall is research that helps further illuminate the centrality of concepts such as diversity, equity, and inclusion to postsecondary decision-making. With her research, teaching, and service, Rall centers equity-mindedness to push issues of leadership and decision-making from the periphery to the core to better understand how the decisions and decision-makers impact outcomes in higher education. At UCR, she teaches courses such as Critical Issues in Higher Education, Higher Education Governance, Black Brilliance Matters, and Organization and Administration. At the system level, she serves on the UC Black Administrators’ Council and is the inaugural convener for the UC Online Advisory Council.
Rall has presented her research at national conferences such as the Association for the Study of Higher Education, American Educational Research Association, American Council on Education, and AGB. Her research has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. She has published in academic journals such as the Journal of Negro Education, Teachers College Record, Harvard Educational Review, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, and the Journal of Higher Education. She recently completed projects with Estela Bensimon and colleagues on the racialization of the college presidency (Whiteness Rules: Racial Exclusion in Becoming an American College President, funded by the College Futures Foundation) and with AGB (Equitable Student Success Principles for Boards, funded by the Gates Foundation).
Rall has a PhD in urban education policy from the University of Southern California and degrees in human biology and African and African American studies from Stanford University.