EPS Faculty Matthew Hora and Stacey Lee are co-leading a project to further understand and reduce inequalities in higher education among Hmong Americans.

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Learning about Wisconsin First Nations is another essential step in this process. Please explore these resources:

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Understanding education's past and present to impact the future

Our Department

The Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison deepens and expands the understanding of educational policy and practice, past and present, at local, national, and international levels. We examine educational policies, movements, outcomes, dilemmas, and controversies — as well as the forces shaping them — through the lenses of history, sociology, anthropology, political economy, philosophy, policy analysis, and international comparative education.

Our efforts are guided by the conviction that as a diverse community of faculty, staff, and students committed to furthering socially just visions of education, we honor the intellectual and moral ideals of the School of Education and the university, and more effectively achieve our educational and scholarly aspirations.

Meet Our Students

Emily Miller

Emily is a graduate student in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Prior to pursuing her Ph.D., she was an elementary school teacher. She taught second grade in a Spanish-English Dual Language program in Brooklyn, NY for seven years, and then taught fourth grade in a monolingual program in Ithaca, NY for three years. As a teacher, she also participated in school and community groups engaged in antiracist activism and racial equity work. These experiences inform Emily’s academic interests. Her research focuses on the role of white families and community members in perpetuating and challenging racial inequities in education.

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Meet Our Faculty

Amy Claessens

Amy Claessens is the Gulbrandsen Distinguished Chair in Early Childhood Education, and she serves as the associate director for the Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (CRECE). With a doctorate in human development from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy, her research aims to understand how policies and programs affect young children’s development and opportunities to learn. She is a member of the Development and Research in Early Math Education (DREME) network in which she works on enhancing opportunities for young children to learn math both in schools and at home. She is also leading a partnership with the Department of Children and Families to understand child care supply changes in Wisconsin. She has received funding from the Administration for Children and Families, W.T. Grant Foundation, and the Heising-Simons Foundation.

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