Recent Awards and Publications

Students and faculty in the Department of Educational Policy Studies are highly accomplished scholars, engaged in meaningful research and study that makes an impact on Wisconsin, the nation, and beyond. Explore the number of awards and honors we have received at the department, university, and national levels.

Major Student Awards

Spring 2020

NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Huimin Wang
NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Qing Liu
NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Choua Xiong
Center for Southeast Asian Studies’ Fellowship Jennifer Otting
4W Engagement Grant for Emerging Scholars Khrysta Evans
Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship Tyler Hook
Mary Washburn Willets Award for Excellence in the Social Sciences Tarsha Herelle

EPS Student Awards


Sterling Fishman Memorial Award Amato Nocera
Herbert Kliebard Award For Outstanding Scholarly Achievement in Educational Policy Studies Jennifer Otting
Abby Beneke
John R. Palmer Graduate Fellowship Award Eric Luckey
Eric Flanagan Community-Engaged Scholarship Award Mira Grinsfelder
Outstanding Research in Education Studies Award Mira Grinsfelder
Outstanding Paper in Educational Studies Award Libby Sattler
Mary Metz Award Kathy Villalón
Maria Velazquez
Joan Hong

Learn more about the EPS department awards here.

Other Student Awards


Education Graduate Research Scholars (EdGRS) Anthony Hernandez
Emily Anaya
Juan Medina
Selah Agaba
Diana Famakinwa
Linda Pheng
Kathy Villalon
Mellon International Dissertation Research Fellowship from the Social Science Research Council Tyler Hook
2019 National Academy of Education (NAEd)/Spencer Foundation Research Development Award Anthony Hernandez
Morgridge Center for Public Service Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Graduate Student Award Marlo Reeves
National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship Ashley Smith

Select Student Publications

Agyepong, M. (2017). The struggles of invisibility: The perception and treatment of 1.5 and 2nd generation Black African students in the United States. In O. Ukpokodu (Ed.), Erasing invisibility: Educational excellence and social justice for African immigrants. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Amato Nocera,  “Negotiating the Aims of African American Adult Education: Race and Liberalism in the Harlem Experiment, 1931–1935,” History of Education Quarterly, 58:1.

Faculty Awards 2019-20

Jordan Conwell, Spencer Postdoctoral Award

Lesley Bartlett, George Bereday Award for Best Article in Comparative Education Review 

Nancy Kendall, UW Vilas Mid-Career Investigator Award

Diana Rodríguez-Gómez

  • 2020 Consortium of Latin American Studies Programs (CLASP) Junior Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2019 Concha Delgado Gaitán Early Career Presidential Fellowship, Council on Anthropology and Education
  • 2019 Honored Instructor Award, University Housing, UW-Madison

Linn Posey-Maddox, Honored Instructor Award, University Housing, UW-Madison

Stacey Lee, WARF Named Professorship

Bianca J. Baldridge, American Educational Studies Association Critic’s Choice Book Award; Spencer Foundation Scholar-In-Residence (June, 2020)

Matthew Hora, 2018 Frederic W. Ness Book Award (AAC&U)

Staff Awards 2019-20

Jacob Leonard, SOE Distinguished Achievement Award

Graduate Student Awards 2019-20

Alexandra Pasqualone, FLAS fellowship

Allison Shepherd, Community-based Research Grant, Morgridge Center for Public Center

Ariel Borns, Fulbright Fellowship

Pamela Reyes Galgani, Fulbright Fellowship

Antonella Pappolla, Fulbright Fellowship

Choua Xiong, AAUW and Spencer Dissertation Award

Gabrielle Hernandez, 2020 Honored Instructor’s Award, University Housing, UW Madison

Huimin Wang, Spencer Dissertation Award

Jon Marino, Boren Fellowship

Regina Fuller, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars Fellowship

Becca Meza, FLAS Scholarship

Kelsey Dalrymple, FLAS Scholarship

Khrysta Evans, 4W Women & Wellbeing Initiative’s Engagement Grant for Emerging Scholars

Qing Liu, Spencer Dissertation Award

Qing Liu, article published in the flagship journal: History of Education Quarterly

Tarsha Herelle, Department of Gender & Women’s Studies’ Mary Washburn Willets Award for Excellence in the Social Sciences

Tyler Hook, SSRC International Dissertation Research Fellowship

Yaa Ampofo, Planetary Health Graduate Scholarship

Linda Pheng, Barr Graduate Fellowship

Jennifer Otting, Center for Southeast Asian Studies Fellowship 

Matthew Farrelly, Top 10% Most Downloaded Article in Philosophy of Education

Matthew Farrelly, Summer Institute in Philosophy of Education

Eleni Schirmer, Zeidler award from the WI Labor History Society

Palmer Award: Eric Luckey

Kliebard Award

Fishman Award: Amato Nocera

Undergraduate Awards 2019-20

Jiangnan Wang, Outstanding Education Studies Paper Award 

Mira Grinsfelder, Outstanding Research Paper in Education Studies

Tina Marshalek, Truman Scholar 

Aaron Kinard, McNair Scholar