University at Buffalo

Nathan J. Daun-Barnett

Nathan J. Daun-Barnett

Department Chair

Associate Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Access and Equity; Equity and Poverty; Educational Change; Educational Policy; Economics of Education; Gamification; Higher Education; Race, Inequality, and Education; Organizational Change; Quantitative Research Methods; Urban Education; Program Evaluation; School Counseling; Sociology of Education

Contact Information
468 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-1096

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Education and Training:
  • PhD, University of Michigan, Higher Education and Public Policy (2008)
  • EdM, James Madison University, Counseling Psychology, College Student Personnel Administration (1998)
  • BA, University at Buffalo, Psychology (1995)
Awards and Honors:
  • Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow; Mid-American Conference; 2023-04-13;
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Daun-Barnett, N. (2023). Say Yes to Education—Buffalo: A Human Capabilities Approach to College Access and Local Economic Development. Education Science, 13(5), p. 472.
Book Review:
  • Daun-Barnett, N. (June 26, 2023). Book Review. Equity Based Career Development and Postsecondary Transitions: An American Imperative. Teachers College Record: The Voice of Scholarship in Education.
  • Daun-Barnett, Li, & McClure (Jan. 5, 2022). Finance in Higher Education. Student Affairs NOW Podcast, Host Keith Edwards. Retrieved from
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • Daun-Barnett, N. (December 27, 2022). Improving College affordability – university community collaborations for postsecondary opportunity. First Annual International Forum on Promoting the High Quality Development of Educational Research, Yangzhou University.;
  • Daun-Barnett, N. (March 22, 2021). Leading and Managing a 21st Century University, Association of African Universities (AAU) Annual Leadership and Management Professional Development Series.;
  • Daun-Barnett, N. (2019). Collective Impact in Buffalo NY – Educational Equity Through Community Collaboration. Beijing Normal University, China.;
  • Daun-Barnett, N., Say, K., Davis, G., & Whitford, M. (2023). The Power of Peers: The Effect of a Peer-Mentoring Program on First-Generation Students' Academic Success. American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.;
  • Daun-Barnett, N. (2020). Achieving Equity One Spreadsheet at a Time. Association for Institutional Researchers and Planning Officers (AIRPO) Annual Meeting, Buffalo, NY.;
Recent Grants:
  • UB College Success Initiative, GEAR UP New York ($2,281,000); State; Higher Education Services Corporation; Awarded; (09/01/2015-06/03/2021)
  • Examining the Design and Implementation of the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) and its Subsidiary Local College Access Networks (LCAN) ($120,000); Local; Helios Foundation; Awarded; (06/03/2015-09/30/2016)
  • Say Yes Community Investment Initiative ($94,110); Foundation and Research Organization; Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Awarded; (05/31/2019-04/30/2021)
  • FAFSA Completion Project - Say Yes to Education ($25,000); Local; Say Yes to Education - Buffalo; Awarded; (06/04/2016-06/04/2016)
  • College Success Center at International Preparatory School ($65,000); Local; Buffalo Public Schools; Awarded; (10/01/2014-08/31/2015)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Student Financial Aid
  • Editorial Board, Community College Journal of Research and Practice
Professional Service:
  • Co-Chair, ASHE program Committee Policy, Finance, and Economics Section
  • Conference Proposal Reviewer, Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE)

Contact Information

468 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-1096

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