Abigail Bates, PhD

Senior Research Analyst

Why I Do What I Do:

“I believe that all students have the potential to succeed and I want to work to ensure that everyone has equal opportunities to do so.”

Alma Mater(s): University of California, Santa Barbara; California State University, Long Beach; and University of California, Los Angeles

Your role in one sentence: I promote social justice and use data to advocate for equitable opportunities and successful outcomes for underrepresented students.

When I am not at work helping students get to and succeed in college I am… chasing my toddler niece around trying to keep up!

If not higher education then what cause? Environmental sustainability, LGBTQ rights, racial equity, women’s rights, all the above!

Formal Bio:

Abigail Kiyoko Bates, Ph.D. is originally from Lake Tahoe, California. She has been working in education and fighting for social justice for over 15 years, with experience as a practitioner and scholar for the entire P-20 educational pipeline.

Abigail’s experience in education began in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District where she was a social studies teacher at Santa Monica High School. She taught history classes at all levels of high school, including newly immigrated students with limited English proficiency. Abigail then taught 7th and 8th grade Humanities at Wildwood Secondary school in West Los Angeles. Wanting to return to public schools and be closer to her Northern California family, she moved north and taught 7th grade world history and dual immersion 7th grade world history at Douglass Middle School. Wanting a deeper connection with students, she returned to school to earn a credential in school counseling.

As a school counseling intern, Abigail worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District where she created a college preparation working group for undocumented students and ran the college and career center. She also worked as a transfer counselor at Long Beach City College.

Abigail then went on to earn her Ph.D. in education, where she worked at the Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) at the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI). It was here where she developed research skills and worked with large, national datasets. Her dissertation examines the issue of undermatching and the influence counseling programs play in the choices made by underrepresented racial minority students.

Abigail is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.A., M.Ed.), California State University, Long Beach (M.S.), and University of California, Los Angeles (M.A., Ph.D.).