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 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