Working closely with Dr. Elizabeth Buckner, Cassidy’s doctoral dissertation examines the regional variation of the growth and development of private universities in China. She is working as a research fellow on a project funded by the Social Science and Humanities Council of Canada on research work related to private higher education including: 1) Private universities in Ontario and how they have diversified the degree-granting HE sector from a policy perspective; 2) Comparing subnational variation in private higher education in Canada and China; 3) Case studies of private universities in Canada, their issues and challenges. Cassidy completed her Masters program at OISE, University of Toronto. Prior to joining OISE as a graduate student, Cassidy worked for a decade as an administrator in various Ontario universities including Brock University and the University of Toronto. Her other areas of research interest include, student and scholar mobility and internationalization of higher education.