Jennifer Iriti

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center


Education and Training

PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

  • Expanding college access and success
  • Reduce systemic barriers for racially/ethnically minoritizes students to access and succeed in postsecondary education
  • Reduce racial/ethnic disparities in STEM fields
  • Use of continuous improvement methodologies in education
  • Use of networked improvement communities to effect large-scale change in education
  • Developmental evaluation
  • Decision-oriented educational research
  • Research-practitioner partnerships

Education Reform Equity Interventions Learning Opportunities Mathematics Learning & Instruction Minoritized Groups Research/Practice Partnerships Science Learning & Instruction

Related Research Areas

Educational Opportunities, Equity, & Attainment Improvement Research in Education STEM

Recent Publications

Miler-Adams, M. & Iriti, J. (Eds.) "The Free College Handbook: A Practitioner's Guide to Promise Research"  Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.  

Iriti, J., Stol, T., Sherer, J.Z., Briggs, A., & Slinskey Legg, A. (2022). Root cause analysis as  a tool for forging shared vision and partnership: Lessons for strengthening the process. NSF INCLUDES Rapid Community Reports.

Page, L., Iriti, J., Lowry, D., & Anthony, A. (2020). The Promise of place-based investment in college access and success: Investigating the impact of the Pittsburgh Promise. Education Finance and Policy, 14(4), 572-600.

Allen, A., Ball, M., Bild, D., Boone, D., Briggs, D., Davis, D., Delale-O’Connor, L., Gonda, R., Iriti, J., Slinskey Legg, A., Long, C., Matthis, C., Sherer, J. Z., and Stol, T. (2020, October). Leveraging out-of-school STEM programs during COVID-19. Brief in National Science Teaching Association, Connected Science Learning, October-December 2020 (Volume 2, Issue 4).

Iriti, J., Page, L., Venkatesan, A., & Hiestand, R. (2019). Growing college enrollment and persistence with the Pittsburgh Promise. College Promise Campaign Policy Brief No. 5.

News and Awards

Jen Iriti has been appointed Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Inclusion and Outreach Strategy. Jen will help large multidisciplinary research proposal teams (potentially multi-university) design their diversity, equity, inclusion, outreach and workforce development components.

April 17, 2023


Congrats to Jennifer Iriti, an award from the Kresge Foundation to the W. E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (with whom Jen is a Research Affiliate) will fund “The Free-College Playbook: Evidence-based Guidance for Policymakers and Practitioners." Jen Iriti will co-direct, Lindsay Page (now at the Annenberg Institute at Brown) and Danielle Lowry (LRDC Post-doctoral fellow) will collaborate on this project.

November 22, 2021


Jennifer Iriti, Research Scientist; Lindsay Page, Associate Professor, Education, Research Scientist, and Danielle Lowry, graduate student, Education, were awarded a grant from the Pittsburgh Promise to conduct an evaluation of the new Promise Coaching Initiative in three area high schools.

January 4, 2021

LRDC research on the Pittsburgh Promise, spearheaded by Jenn Iriti, is mentioned in the January 30 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

January 30, 2020


LRDC research on the Pittsburgh Promise, spearheaded by Jenn Iriti, is mentioned in the January 29 WESA 90.5 article "Promise Scholarship Will Hire Coaches to Keep Student on Track to Eligibiliity."

January 29, 2020


[Person photo]



(412) 624-7092

View CV