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 Brendan Bell 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 2016-17

Anjali Adukia
Assistant professor at the University of Chicago in the Harris School of Public Policy

Jessica Alzen
Ph.D. Candidate in the Research and Evaluation Methodology program at the University of Colorado

Kaitlin Anderson
Doctoral student in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas

Christopher A. Candelaria
Assistant professor of public policy and education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Albert Cheng
Postdoctoral fellow for the Program on Education Policy and Governance at Harvard University

Sarah A. Cordes
Assistant professor in educational leadership at Temple University

Timothy Drake
Assistant professor of education leadership and policy at NC State

Erica Greenberg
Research associate at the Urban Institute

Cassandra Hart
Assistant professor of education policy in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis
Faculty research affiliate at the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research

Michael S. Hayes
Assistant professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers University-Camden

Jonathan N. Mills
Postdoctoral fellow at the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans at Tulane University

Jaunelle Pratt-Williams
Education researcher in SRI International’s Center for Education Policy

Christopher Redding
Doctoral candidate in the Department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations in Vanderbilt’s Peabody College 

Evan Rhinesmith
Doctoral candidate in the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas

Benjamin Skinner
Doctoral candidate in the Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University

Elizabeth Leisy Stosich
Research and policy fellow at the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE)

Cameron Sublett
Postdoctoral scholar at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)

Min Sun
Assistant professor in education policy in the college of education at the University of Washington, Seattle

Jessica Sutter
President of EdPro Consulting, LLC

Rachel S. White
Education policy doctoral candidate at Michigan State University


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