Emerging Education Policy Scholars
Class of 2013–14

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 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

A. Brooks Bowden
Postdoctoral Research Associate and Associate Director, Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University
Ph.D., Education Policy, Teachers College, Columbia University

Allison Atteberry
Assistant Professor, Education Policy, University of Colorado Boulder
Ph.D., Policy Analysis, Stanford School of Education

Anna Egalite
Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard University
Ph.D., Education Policy, University of Arkansas

Brent Evans
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Higher Education, Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Administration and Policy Analysis: Higher Education, Stanford University

Daniel Araya
Lead Researcher, National Center for Professional and Research Ethics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ph.D., Public Policy and Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Jeffrey W. Snyder
Ph.D., Education Policy, Michigan State University

Jessica Walker
Associate, Abt Associates
Ph.D., Human Development and Family Sciences, University of Texas-Austin

Katharine Stevens
Research Fellow, Education Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Ph.D., Education Policy, Columbia University

Lesley Lavery
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Macalester College
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lindsay Page
Assistant Professor of Research Methodology, University of Pittsburgh
Ed.D., Quantitative Policy Analysis in Education, Harvard University

Maria Perez
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington
Ph.D., Economics of Education, Stanford University

Michael Gottfried
Assistant Professor, Gervitz School of Education, UC Santa Barbara
Ph.D., Applied Economics, Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania

Patrick Denice
Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, University of Washington
Research Analyst, Center on Reinventing Public Education

Peter Goff
Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ph.D., Leadership, Policy, & Organizations, School Leadership, Vanderbilt University

Randall F. Clemens
Assistant Professor of Administrative and Instructional Leadership, School of Education, St. John's University
Ph.D., Urban Education Policy, University of Southern California

Sara Dahill-Brown
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Wake Forest University
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Seth Gershenson
Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, American University
Ph.D., Economics, Michigan State University

Shaun Dougherty
Assistant Professor, Neag School of Education, University of Connecticut
Ph.D., Quantitative Policy Analysis, Harvard University

Tracey Weinstein
Doctoral Candidate, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California
Research Associate, Center on Educational Governance, University of Southern California