Blanca Rincón, Ph.D.

Blanca Rincón, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Educational Psychology, Leadership, and Higher Education
CEB 320
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Blanca E. Rincón is an assistant professor of higher education at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She received her Ph.D. in education policy studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She identifies as a proud Mexicana/Latina, a daughter of immigrants, and is the first in her family to attend college. Her research agenda aims to advance educational equity for historically underserved and marginalized college students in STEM, and specifically Latina/o/x college students. With support from the National Science Foundation, her research investigates three interrelated lines of inquiry

  • The origins, sustainability, and impact of STEM enrichment programs
  • The institutional environments that shape college student experiences and outcomes
  • The culturally derived assets that college Students of Color mobilize to navigate and persist in STEM

In 2018, she received the College of Education Early Career Scholar Award, and her research has been published in the top journals in her field, including the Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, the Journal of College Student Development, and Teachers College Record.

Research Expertise

Access, retention, and success in higher education; STEM; Latina/o/x college students; Minority-Serving Institutions; Students of Color in higher education