EEPS - Emerging Education Policy Scholars

Emerging Education Policy Scholars

The Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the American Enterprise Institute offer a unique program aimed at cultivating human capital within the education-policy sector. The Emerging Education Policy Scholars (EEPS) program brings newly minted Ph.D. scholars and Ph.D. candidates who bring to the table a keen research eye, fresh ideas, and boundless (or budding) enthusiasm for education policy to our nation’s capital to meet with education-policy experts and to share and brainstorm exciting new directions for K–12 education research. The program focuses on three over-arching goals:

  • To foster an opportunity for talented, promising scholars to connect with other scholars in their field, as well as to introduce them to key players in the education-policy arena;
  • To expand the pool of talent and ideas from which the education-policy arena currently draws; and
  • To increase understanding of how the worlds of policy and practice intersect with scholarly research in education and related fields.

The EEPS Experience

"While professional societies provide ample opportunity for within field collaboration, we often lack opportunity to bridge the silos. EEPS not only provided me with a broader perspective on education policy, it allowed me to network with folks from different fields working towards similar goals whom I might not have met otherwise.” 

- Andrew Schaper (Cohort 5)

“EEPS allowed me to expand my professional network, and to access a side of policy consideration and dissemination that I had not previously encountered in any meaningful way. Perhaps most importantly, since completing my EEPS experience I have further grown my cross-cohort EEPS network and benefited enormously from collaboration and conversations that this networking has spurred!” 

- Shaun Dougherty (Cohort 3)

“EEPS is professionally valuable, totally unique, and thought-provoking.” 

– Michael Ford (Cohort 5)

"In addition to connecting with other young scholars from across the country, the experience has expanded my view of the ways in which I can use my research to contribute to public debates currently underway in education policy. As a result of the experience, I feel better equipped to translate my research into approachable mediums suitable for broader audiences." 

- F. Chris Curran, Ph.D. (Cohort 5)

For more information about the EEPS program, please contact program coordinators Victoria McDougald and Paige Willey or read the EEPS factsheet (which includes information on how to apply). The EEPS program is generously supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.


Class of 2015-16

Dominique Baker
Doctoral candidate, Higher Education Leadership and Policy, Vanderbilt University

Peter Bergman
Assistant professor of economics and education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Senior Research Associate at the Community College Research Center

Chris Curran
Assistant professor of public policy, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) School of Public Policy

Michael Ford
Assistant professor of public administration, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (UWO)

Chloe Gibbs
Assistant professor of economics, University of Notre Dame

Christopher Harrison
Postdoctoral fellow, National Center for Research in Policy and Practice at Northwestern University

Ayesha Hashim
Doctoral candidate, urban education policy, University of Southern California

Alice Huguet
Postdoctoral fellow, Northwestern University

Dongwoo Kim
Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Economics, University of Missouri at Columbia

Constance Lindsay
Professorial lecturer, School of Public Affairs at American University

Michael Manderino
Assistant professor of adolescent literacy and Co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy (CISLL), Northern Illinois University

Madeline Mavrogordato
Assistant professor of K-12 educational administration, College of Education at Michigan State University

Meredith Richards
Assistant professor of education policy and leadership, Simmons School of Education and Human Development at Southern Methodist University

Andrew Schaper
Senior associate at Basis Policy Research

Janie Scull
Doctoral candidate, quantitative methods, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education

Adela Soliz
Fellow, Brookings Institute’s Brown Center on Education Policy 

Daniel Stuckey
Doctoral candidate in education policy, University of Pennsylvania

Lindsay Weixler
Senior Research Fellow, the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans

Stephani Wrabel
Doctoral candidate in urban education policy, the University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education

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