Alicia C. Dowd is a Professor of Education at Pennsylvania State University and a research associate of Penn State’s Center for the Study of Higher Education (CSHE). Her research focuses on political-economic issues of racial/ethnic equity in postsecondary outcomes, organizational learning and effectiveness, accountability, and the factors affecting student attainment in higher education. Since joining CUE in 2006, she has been instrumental in developing the Equity Scorecard, CUE’s signature action research process. Dowd utilizes cultural historical activity theory and critical race theory to design and evaluate the impact of action research processes and tools. She is the coauthor, with Estela Bensimon, of Engaging the “Race Question”: Accountability and Equity in U.S. Higher Education (forthcoming 2015 from TCPress). Dowd was awarded her doctorate by Cornell University, where she studied the social foundations of education, labor economics, and curriculum and instruction. Her undergraduate studies were also at Cornell, where she was awarded a BA in English literature with distinction.