Emerging Education Policy Scholars
Class of 2012–13

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.

For more information about the EEPS program, please contact program coordinator Victoria McDougald or read the EEPS Factsheet (which includes information on how to apply). The EEPS program is generously supported by the Smith Richardson Foundation.

Angela Boatman
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Higher Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education (2012)

Jessica Boccardo
Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group
Ph.D., Public Policy, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University (2013)

Deven Carlson
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Oklahoma
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison (2012)

Sarah Cohodes
Doctoral Candidate, Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School of Government (2016)
Doctoral Fellow, Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy

Ashley Jochim
Research Analyst, Center on Reinventing Public Education
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Washington (2012)

Nate Jensen
Research Scientist, Kingsbury Center, Northwest Evaluation Association
Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of Arkansas (2012)

Michael Jones
Research Assistant Professor, Economics Center, University of Cincinnati
Ph.D., Economics, University of Notre Dame (2012)

Matthew Kraft
Assistant Professor of Education, Brown University
Ph.D., Quantitative Policy Analysis, Harvard Graduate School of Education (2013)

Andrew McEachin
Assistant Professor, Educational Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation, North Carolina State University
Ph.D., Education Policy, University of Southern California (2012)

Michael McShane
Research Fellow, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Ph.D., Education Policy, Department of Education Reform, University of Arkansas (2012)

Eric Parsons
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Economics, University of Missouri
Ph.D., Economics, University of Missouri (2013)

Morgan Polikoff
Assistant Professor of Education, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California
Ph.D., Education Policy, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (2010)

Andrew Saultz
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Miami University
Ph.D., Educational Policy, Michigan State University (2013)

Eric Taylor
Doctoral Candidate, Economics of Education, Stanford University (2015)

Chris Torres
Assistant Professor, Counseling and Educational Leadership, Montclair State University
Ph.D., Urban Education, Department of Teaching and Learning, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education & Human Development, New York University (2013)

Jon Valant
Fellow, Brookings Institution
Ph.D., Educational Policy, Stanford University (2014)

Jennie Weiner
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut
Ph.D., Education Policy, Leadership and Instructional Practice, Harvard Graduate School of Education (2012)

Rebecca Zumeta
Senior Researcher, Education Program, American Institutes for Research
Ph.D., Special Education, Vanderbilt University (2010)