Alberto F. Cabrera, Ph.D., is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Maryland. He specializes in the impact of college on students, college choice, classroom experiences, minorities in higher education and college outcomes. His work on classroom practices, the role of finances on college persistence, and determinants of default behavior has received several awards. He also received a 2008-2009 Fulbright award to teach and conduct research in Brazil.
Cabrera served on the advisory boards of several national organizations, such as Pathways to College Network, the National Postsecondary Education Cooperative's Student Outcomes, and the GEAR UP Evaluation Council of the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships. He also was co-principal investigator for the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) grant “Dream Deferred,” which provided the most comprehensive review of the impact of GEAR UP on awareness and readiness for college among low-income middle school students. In addition, he was the co-leader of the Diversity Institute, a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), which aimed to create inclusive teaching practices in science, technology, engineering and math fields.