CELASA — Chican@ Latin@ Studies — Leadership Studies — Organization and Leadership — Higher Education and Student Affairs
Desiree D. Zerquera

Desiree D. Zerquera, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Leadership Studies

Desiree Zerquera is an Assistant Professor for Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Department of Leadership Studies. Born and raised in Miami, FL to Cuban parents, she pursued her bachelor's degree in Mathematics and master's degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Florida before attending Indiana University to pursue her Ph.D. in Higher Education and Student Affairs. Desiree Zerquera has worked as a researcher, student affairs practitioner, and higher education administrator. Her research focuses on how inequalities structure the experiences of underrepresented students in accessing and succeeding in higher education, with expertise in the areas of organizational theory, public policy, financial aid, research methodology, and Latino student experiences.


Ph.D., Higher Education and Student Affairs, Indiana University-Bloomington

Administrative Appointments

Senior Research Associate, Division of Institutional Research, Planning, and Effectiveness, Broward College, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Visiting Assistant Director for Research, Project on Academic Success (PAS), Center for Postsecondary Research, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
Acting Director, Institute of Hispanic-Latino Cultures, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Research Areas

Organizational theory; public policy; financial aid; research methodology; Latino student experiences.

Courses Offered
  • Student Development in College
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Student Affairs
  • Organizational Theory: Applications and Implications
  • American Institutions in Higher Education

Gross, J., Torres, V., & Zerquera, D. (2013). Financial aid and attainment among students in a state with changing demographics. Research in Higher Education, 54(4), 383-406.

Ziskin, M., Lucido, J., Zerquera, D., Chung, E., Torres, V., Cuellar, M., and Hossler, D. (2012, October). Securing the future: Retention models in community college (Study of Community College Structures for Student Success, SCCSSS). Reston, VA: The College Board.

Torres, V., & Zerquera, D. (2012). Hispanic serving institutions: Patterns, predictions, and implications for informing policy discussions. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 11(3), 259-278.

Hossler, D., Shapiro, D., Dundar, A., Chen, J., Zerquera, D., Ziskin, M., & Torres, V. (2012, July). Student mobility from two-year to four-year institutions. Washington, DC: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Hossler, D., Shapiro, D., Dundar, A., Ziskin, M., Chen, J., Zerquera, D., & Torres, V. (2012, March). Transfer and mobility: A national view of pre-degree student movement in postsecondary institutions. Washington, DC: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Dadashova, A., Hossler, D., Shapiro, D., Chen, J., Martin, S., Torres, V., Zerquera, D., & Ziskin, M. (2011, November). National postsecondary enrollment trends: Before, during, and after the great recession. Washington, DC: National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. (author order listed alphabetically)

Palmer, J., & Zerquera, D. (2009, August). Academic continuity plan: Crisis management preparedness for the academic core functions of Indiana University. Bloomington, IN: Report to the Office of the Vice President for Planning and Policy.