- Ph.D., Boston College
Research interests include higher education, anti-poverty programs, and college access for low-income, first-generation, and non-traditional students.
Autumn Green, Ph.D., is an applied sociologist and nationally recognized scholar in higher education and anti-poverty programs. She was a research scientist at the Wellesley Centers for Women from 2018 to 2022, where she led the Higher Education Access for Parenting Students Research Initiative. Her research and advocacy focused on college access and success for low-income, first-generation, and non-traditional students, especially student parents.
At WCW, Green expanded the Find Your Way project, a series of resource guides for prospective college students with kids. Find Your Way was a sister project of the Campus Family Housing Database, a complete national database of colleges and universities that allow students to live with their children in campus housing. Additionally, Green developed a pilot and demonstration project proposal for, The Two-Generation Classroom, offering a new approach to postsecondary teaching & learning.
Green has presented across the country on two-generational anti-poverty approaches. She served as principal investigator on major grants through the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Ascend at the Aspen Institute, and the U.S. Department of Education as director of National Replication for the Keys to Degrees Program, founding director of the National Center for Student Parent Programs, and assistant professor of Sociology at Endicott College.
Green earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology at Boston College, where she was awarded a nationally competitive American Dissertation Fellowship by the AAUW, as well as multiple competitive awards. She also holds an M.Ed. in Community, Arts and Education from Lesley University, and completed her undergraduate degrees at the University of Oregon and Chemeketa Community College.