Preeya Pandya Mbekeani studies educational inequality, with a focus on postsecondary access and completion for low-income and minoritized students. In her recent work, she has examined socioeconomic disparities in college enrollment and completion and in parental behaviors thought to be associated with educational attainment. Her work also evaluates programs and policies aimed at reducing income- and race-based inequality in higher education access and completion. Her research has been published in Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis and AERA Open.

Preeya earned her doctorate in Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education where she was a doctoral fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy. She holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. Prior to beginning her doctoral studies, Preeya worked at the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. She began her career as a high school teacher, and she spent several years as a counselor in a college access program.