Krista Soria, Ph.D.

Director of Student Affairs Assessment
University of Minnesota

Dr. Krista Soria is the director of student affairs assessment at the University of Minnesota, assistant director of research and strategic partnerships for the Student Experience in the Research University (SERU) Consortium, and research associate for the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley. Dr. Soria is a proud first-generation college student who enjoys teaching undergraduate and graduate students at a variety of institutions (University of Minnesota, Augsburg University, St. Mary’s University, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and Bethel University). Dr. Soria’s research includes high-impact practices that promote undergraduates’ development and success, campus climate, the experiences of first-generation and working-class undergraduates, and programmatic efforts to enhance college students’ leadership development, civic responsibility, and engagement in social change. Dr. Soria has published over 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, edited five books, and authored a volume on social class in higher education. She is a Principal Investigator on several grants, including a federal FIPSE grant to investigate the impact of community service on underrepresented students’ outcomes, an ACUHO-I/NACURH grant to investigate the impact of leadership in residence halls for socioeconomically disadvantaged students, and an AIR/AccessLex grant to explore the impact of financial aid on graduate students’ outcomes.