Dr. Wolniak is Associate Professor at the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Georgia.
His writing, research, and funding center on improving understanding of the socioeconomic effects of college. He has published extensively on the career and economic impacts of higher education and recently launched the Affordability and Transparency Initiative aimed at improving the ways institutions communicate tuition and cost information to students and families. His work has been featured in recent articles appearing in The Atlantic, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Education, and MarketWatch. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Sociology of Education, Teachers College Record, Journal of Higher Education, and Research in Higher Education, and in 2016 he co-authored How College Affects Students: Volume 3 (Wiley/Jossey-Bass).
Prior to joining the Institute of Higher Education, Wolniak was the founding director of the Center for Research on Higher Education Outcomes at New York University (2013-2018), and senior research scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago (2007-2013).