Karina Salazar is an assistant professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education. Her research analyzes how the enrollment management practices of public universities shape college access for underserved student populations. Using data science methodologies and the Freedom of Information Act as data collection strategies, her current work focuses on exploring how university recruiting and marketing efforts interact with spatial politics that contribute to the educational disenfranchisement of communities of color. Salazar is a 2023 National Academy of Education Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research has been published in The American Educational Research Journal, The Journal of Higher Education, and Research in Higher Education. She is also co-principal investigator of the Enrollment Management, Recruiting, and Access research project, which has been featured by The New York Times, NPR, CNN, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes, and U.S. News & World Report. Salazar is a local Tucsonan and proud graduate of the Sunnyside Unified School District. She completed her graduate work at the University of Arizona where her dissertation research was funded by the American Educational Research Association.