Emerging Education Policy Scholars
Class of 2014–15

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.

Class of 2014-15

David Blazar
Doctoral Candidate, Quantitative Policy Analysis, Harvard University

Daniel H. Bowen
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Houston Education Research Consortium, Rice Unversity
Ph.D., Education Policy, University of Arkansas

Katherine Broton
Doctoral Candidate, Sociology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Graduate Research Fellow, National Science Foundation

Julie Cohen
Assistant Professor of Curriculum, Instruction, and Special Education, University of Virginia
Ph.D., Curriculum and Teacher Education, Stanford University

Meghan Condon
Visiting Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Loyola University Chicago
Ph.D., Political Science, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Ben Creed
Doctoral Candidate, Education Policy, Michigan State University
Fellow, Economics of Education Program, Michigan State University

Rajeev Darolia
Assistant Professor, College of Education and Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri
Ph.D., Public Policy and Public Administration, George Washington University

Caitlin Farrell
Director, National Center for Research in Policy and Practice
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley
Ph.D., Urban Education Policy, University of Southern California

Collin Hitt
Doctoral Candidate, Education Policy, University of Arkansas

Ethan Hutt
Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, University of Maryland
Ph.D., Education, Stanford University

Joshua Hyman
Assistant Professor, Department of Public Policy and Department of Educational Leadership, University of Connecticut
Ph.D., Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan

Huriya Jabbar
Assistant Professor, Education Policy and Planning, University of Texas at Austin
Ph.D., Education Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation, University of California, Berkeley

Cara Jackson
Data Fellow, Strategic Data Project, Harvard University
Assistant Director of Accountability, Urban Teacher Center
Ph.D., Education Policy, University of Maryland

Robert Kelchen
Assistant Professor, Department of Education Leadership, Management, and Policy, Seton Hall University
Ph.D., Education Policy, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Daniel Klasik
Assistant Professor, Higher Education Administration, George Washington University
Ph.D., Education Policy, Stanford University

Tricia Maas
Doctoral Candidate, College of Education, University of Washington
Research Analyst, Center on Reinventing Public Education

Ryan McCarty
Doctoral Candidate, Literacy, Language, and Culture, University of Illinois at Chicago

Jim Soland
Research Scientist, Northwest Evaluation Association
Ph.D., Educational Psychology, Stanford University

Matthew P. Steinberg
Assistant Professor of Education, University of Pennsylvania
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Elizabeth Thorne Wallington
Ph.D., Department of Education, Washington University in St. Louis