Our editorial team includes scholars and leaders at two- and four-year institutions with strong national reputations in higher education governance, policy, law, and finance. Editorial board members are active leaders in major national and international associations focused on higher education policy and finance in the US and around the world.

Editorial Team

  • Editor-in-Chief - Peggy Gesing, Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Senior Editor – Jason Lynch, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Associate Editors

  • Felecia Commodore – Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • Shannon Calderone—Washington State University, Pullman, WA
  • Monique Colclough—North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Tracy Collum—Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID
  • Sherry Early—Marshall University South Charleston, South Charleston, WV
  • Vivienne Felix—New York University, New York, NY
  • Jennifer Johnson—Bowie State University, Bowie, MD
  • Royel Johnson—The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA
  • Jennifer Joy-Gaba—Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA
  • Bobak Kasrai—Northern Virginia Community College, Woodbridge, VA
  • Michael Moore—Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • Thai-Huy Nguyen—Seattle University, Seattle, WA
  • Symphony Oxendine—University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC
  • Denise Pearson—State Higher Education Executive Officers Association, Boulder, CO
  • Sean Robinson—Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
  • Jamey Rorison—Institute for Higher Education Policy, Washington, DC
  • Cecile Sam—Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
  • Kellie Sorey—Tidewater Community College, Norfolk, VA
  • Patrick Tompkins—Thomas Nelson Community College, Newport News, VA
  • Tiffany Wiggins—Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • Raquel Wright-Mair—University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO

Guest Editors

Periodically, HEPE will solicit guest editors for submissions proposing special issues centering a current topic in higher education politics and economics that warrants comprehensive coverage.  Guest editors may choose to directly commission papers from colleagues in the field or they may choose to put out a call for papers. Guest editors will work with the editorial team to ensure adherence to timelines, style guidelines, and journal scope. If you have an interest in editing a special issue, please contact senior editorial board members with ideas for a special issue or book projects related to higher education politics and economics. 

Assistant Editors

  • Genia Bettencourt—University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
  • Matt DeMonbrun—University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Rachel Friedensen–University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
  • Nioud Gebru—University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • Valerie Guerrero—University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Catherine Hartman—The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX
  • Josh Howell—College of the Albemarle, Elizabeth City, NC
  • Julie Marlatt—Tennessee Board of Regents, Nashville, TN
  • Tiffany Menard—Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
  • Matthew Smith—University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • Laura Soulsby—Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • Caolfionn Yenney—University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Minneapolis, MN

Copy Editors

  • Amanda Armstrong—College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • Christina Clarke—Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • Taylor Darden—University of Maryland- Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
  • Diane Dougherty—Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
  • Katy Mathuews—Ohio University, Athens, OH
  • Matthew Smith—University of Georgia, Athens, GA
  • Beth Solomon—Clemson University, Clemson, SC

Managing Editors

  • Managing Editor – Courtney Jane Belmonte, Old Dominion University
  • Editorial Assistant – Caroline Neal, Old Dominion University

Editorial Team Responsibilities 

The Editorial Board is made up of members who are responsible for:

  • participation in quarterly Editorial Team conference calls and the annual meeting of the Editorial Team at CIES
  • acting as ambassadors by supporting and promoting the journal
  • seeking out the best authors and best work by actively encouraging submissions and identifying new volunteers for the journal’s operations
  • reviewing two to four submissions to the journal per year
  • occasionally accepting commissions to write editorials, reviews, and commentaries on papers in their specialist area
  • nomination of manuscript reviewers
  • Editors, editorial board members, and peer reviewers are required to comply with the journal’s Conflict of Interest Policy

Recognition & Benefits 

HEPE lists editor’s name and affiliation on the HEPE website

HEPE is a non-profit publication and operates through the voluntary services of board members and editors.  No remuneration is provided to the authors or editors.

Apply to Join the Editorial Team

Interested in joining the HEPE Editorial Team?  Click the link below to access the application.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.  

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