Get to Know Lingo
Mitch Lingo is an eighth-generation Iowan who has lived in the Iowa City area for over nine years. He is a former teacher and currently serves as a senior research scientist at Iowa College Aid. Ellie, his wife, is an Iowa City native and West High graduate who works as a diabetes provider in endocrinology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. They have two daughters and two toy poodles. You can find them on walks throughout the Morningside neighborhood on most Spring, Summer, and Fall nights. Mitch formerly served as president of Alice’s Rainbow House Childcare Centers.
Mitch completed his Ph.D. in 2020 just as the pandemic hit, and like many Iowans, he faced barriers due to the economic downturn. In the Fall of 2020, he landed a postdoctoral fellowship at Pennsylvania State University that allowed him to work remotely from Iowa City. As part of a research team, Mitch helped create nationwide datasets on how states fund their public higher education institutions and financial aid programs. Shortly after his second daughter was born in 2022, Mitch joined Iowa College Aid as a senior research scientist studying college access, retention, and affordability in Iowa. His research is featured in Research in Higher Education, AERA Open, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and the Community College Review.