Author Profile

Constance Iloh | PhD Candidate and Research Associate at the Pullias Center for Higher Education, University of Southern California

Current Position and Past Experience
Constance Iloh is a Research Associate with the Pullias Center for Higher Education and PhD Candidate at the University of Southern California.

Prior to joining the Pullias Center, Iloh worked as a Business Research Consultant with Second Harvest Food Bank. She also held coordinator positions with organizations such as the Moore Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program, the Young Scholars Program, Teach for America, and Kids2College.

Iloh is an education scholar with research expertise on for-profit higher education, college access and college equity. She is especially interested in the high number of low-income students, working adults, and students of color enrolled in for-profit colleges and universities. One of her latest completed research studies includes a seven-month ethnography of a for-profit college. Her dissertation focuses on Black student college-going to for-profit colleges and universities, as they are the highest enrolled racial group in the sector.

Constance has authored several peer-reviewed journal articles concerning the privatization of higher education. Most recently, she published an article titled, “Understanding For-Profit College and Community College Choice through Rational Choice,” in the prestigious education journal Teachers College Record.

Education, Honors and Achievements
Iloh completed her B.A. at University of Maryland College Park in 2009. In 2010 she received her Master’s degree in Business Management at Wake Forest University’s Babcock Graduate School of Management. She is currently completing her PhD in Urban Education Policy and Higher Education at the University of Southern California.

Iloh is the winner of the 2014 USC Remarkable Woman Award and the 2013 USC Academic Trojan Award. Additionally, she was a 2012 Asa G. Hilliard III and Barbara A. Sizemore Fellow. In 2011 she was funded by USC to study for-profit colleges and community colleges in Hong Kong and Singapore.

In 2014 Constance has already given an invited lecture at the prestigious Hammer Museum on "the Privatization of Education," served as a guest panelist on the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans' discussion on college affordability, and given her own invited lecture at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill titled "Degrees of Separation? Understanding the Complexity and College-Going Culture of the For-Profit Higher Education Sector."

Personal Details and Community Involvement
Iloh remains visible in the community through participation in several initiatives to improve college access and equity for low-income students and students of color. She loves spending time with her family and friends, playing soccer, and describes herself as a serious “foodie” with a love for eating and trying new foods.

More information on Constance Iloh can be found on her website. You can also follow her on Twitter @ConstanceIloh and find her published research articles on her page.