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. The EEPS program is generously supported by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Class of 2010-11

Daphna Bassok  Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy, Curry School of Education, University of Virginia

Hella Bel Hadj Amor  Practice Expert: Education Policy and Research, Education Northwest

Branin Bowe  Senior Research Associate, Kingsbury Center, Northwest Evaluation Association

Zoë Burkholder  Associate Professor, Education Foundations, Montclair State University

Matt Chingos  Senior Fellow and Research Director, Brown Center on Education Policy, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution

Erin Cocke  Doctoral Candidate, Sociology of Education, Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, New York University Research Assistant, Institute for Education and Social Policy

Diana D’Amico  Assistant Professor of Education, George Mason University

T. Elon Dancy II  Associate Professor, Educational Leadership and Policy, University of Oklahoma

Rachel Dinkes  Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research

Will Dobbie  Assistant Professor, Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University

Enis Dogan  Associate Director, Assessment Research, Achieve

Todd Grindal  Education Associate, Abt Associates

Jason Grissom  Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education, Peabody College of Education and Human Development, Vanderbilt University

Michael Hansen  Principal Researcher, Analysis of Longitudinal Data in Education Research Program, American Institutes for Research

Michael Hartney  Assistant Professor, Department of Politics, Lake Forest College

Julia Kaufman  Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation

Cory Koedel  Associate Professor of Economics and Public Policy, University of Missouri

Victoria Rankin Marks  Research Analyst, American Institutes for Research

Ashlyn Aiko Nelson  Associate Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University

Jonna Perrillo  Associate Professor of English Education, University of Texas at El Paso

Karen Rambo-Hernandez  Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership Studies, West Virginia Unviersity

Carolyn Sattin-Bajaj  Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Management, and Policy, Seton Hall University

Muna Shami  Senior Researcher, American Institute for Research

Arnold Shober  Associate Professor of Government, Lawrence University

Katharine Strunk  Associate Professor of Education and Policy, Rossier School of Education, University of Southern California

David Stuit  Partner, Basis Policy Research

Eric Tucker  Co-Founder and Executive Director, Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School

Jennifer Wallner  Assistant Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa