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 2013–14

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