Executive Director, Data Driven Social Science Initiative, Princeton University

Drew Allen is the Executive Director of the Data Driven Social Science Initiative (DDSSI) at Princeton University. His research focuses primarily on the evaluation of higher education policies and organizational structures, with a particular emphasis on workforce outcomes and higher ed's connections to local and regional development. Prior to the launch of DDSSI, he helped build an internal analytics consulting group at Princeton, IDEAS for Higher Ed, and served as the Associate Dean for Data Analysis and Operations. Allen holds a PhD in Higher and Post-secondary Education from NYU and an MA in Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences from Columbia University.


  • –present
    Executive Director, Initiative for Data Exploration and Analytics for Higher Ed, Princeton University
  • 2015–2017
    Associate Dean for Data Analysis and Operations, Princeton University
  • 2008–2015
    Founding Director, Office of Research, Evaluation and Program Support, City University of New York


  • 2015 
    New York University, PhD Higher and Postsecondary Education
  • 2006 
    Columbia University, MA Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences


  • 2018
    Exploring the Effects of Tuition Increases on Racial/Ethnic Diversity at Public Colleges and Universities, Research in Higher Education