Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin - Madison



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Educational Policy Studies
School of Education
235 Education Building
1000 Bascom Mall
MadisonWI  53706

Tel: 608/262-1760
Fax: 608/262-0460

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Mission Statement

The Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison contributes scholarship and teaching intended to deepen and expand understandings of educational policy and practice, past and present, at local, national, and international levels. The department’s faculty and students examine educational policies, movements,  outcomes, dilemmas, and controversies--as well as the forces shaping them--using modes of inquiry associated with an array of scholarly fields and disciplines. These include history, sociology, anthropology, political economy, philosophy, policy analysis, and international comparative education.

Department Chair

Professor ​Nancy Kendall
2​35 Education Building  binoculars icon
1000 Bascom Mall
Madison, WI 53706-1326
Office: 608/262-​1760


Indigenous Education Speakers' Series - Dr. JP Leary

Feb 10
12:00 - 1:30pm
Wisconsin Idea Room (159 Education Building)

JP Leary, the first speaker in our series, will be joining us on campus on February 10 to speak about his new book, The Story of Act 31: How Native History Came to Wisconsin Classrooms.  ​Dr. Leary's book builds from his dissertation research conducted in EPS! His talk will be from 12-1:30 in the WI Idea Room.

See Sociology & EPS Professor Jordan Conwell in the ITP Seminar this Friday!

Race, Gender, Higher Education, and Socioeconomic Attainment: Evidence from Baby Boomers at Mid-life

Friday, November 1
259 Educational Sciences

Bring your friends to a free, public lecture by EPS Affiliate Gloria Ladson-Billings!

This is a part of the lecture series “Forward? The Wisconsin Idea, Past & Present.”

Where: 1111 Genetic-Biotechnology Center Building (425 Henry Mall)
6:00pm – 7:15pm, Tuesday, October 29


Attention Graduate Students:
Please see the meeting for the Multicultural Grad Student Support Group (MGN & UHS)

**Please note the location has changed!

Monday, October 28, 2019 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.

7906, UHS 7th floor, 333 East Campus Mall

Here's a link for more information

Reclaiming Community ​Book Talk - Bianca Baldridge

Don't miss the opportunity to celebrate and hear our very own Dr. Bianca Baldridge talk about her award-winning book Reclaiming Community as part of the Wisconsin Book Festival!

Friday, October 18th, 4:30pm in Community Room 301 of the Madison Central Library.
See link below for more info.

Check out the article showcasing EPS Graduate Annalee Good and Graduate Student Marlo Reeves!

WCER researchers shared their expertise and research in a public hearing at the state Capitol.

Click here to read the WCER article.

Take a look at EPS Graduate Student Amato Nocera's work published in the Teacher's College Record.

“More than Equivalent to a Year of College”: Hubert Harrison and Informal Education in Harlem’s New Negro Movement

Check out Bianca Baldridge's profile for the 2019 Distinguished Teachings Awards!

​Click here here to view it!

EPS's Stacey Lee pens article for Vox with Kevin Kumashiro.

"Bias against Asian-American students is real. Affirmative action isn’t the problem."

Read the article here: (

EPS Professor Walter Stern awarded prestigious National Academy of Education 2018 Fellowship

For his project “Education for Imprisonment: School Desegregation and the Roots of Mass Incarceration in the World’s Prison Capital.”​

Read the full article on the School's four awardees here.

EPS Graduate Seelig wins Outstanding Dissertation Award for AERA’s Division L

(in addition to an Outstanding Dissertation Award for the Rural Sociology Special Interest Group (SIG) through AERA).

A write up of her awards and her research can be found here:


Derek Taira, who received a joint PhD in Educational Policy Studies and History in 2017, has won the Claude A. Eggertsen Prize for the Best Dissertation from the History of Education Society (HES). Derek’s dissertation is titled "Imua Me Ka Hopo Ole – 'Forward, Without Fear': Native Hawaiians and American Schooling in Territorial Hawai'i, 1900-1941." This prestigious annual prize (including a monetary award) is given for the most outstanding dissertation in the field of history of education. Derek will be recognized for his achievement at the HES Annual Meeting in Little Rock, AR, in November.

Four in EPS honored ​2017 NAEd/Spencer Fellowships

The National Academy of Education (NAEd) announced the recipients of the 2017 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral and Dissertation Fellowship Programs on May 25.  Congratulations to Kathryn Moeller, Erica Turner, Upenyu Majee and Rachel Silver! Read more here.

EPS Alumna Receives CIES Gail P. Kelly Award

The Department of Educational Policy Studies is proud to announce that recent graduate Sussane Ress is this year's recipient of the Comparative and International Educational Society's Gail P. Kelly award. Each year the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) recognizes an outstanding doctoral dissertation with the Gail P. Kelly Award. Created to honor the distinguished comparative educator Gail P. Kelly and her many contributions to the CIES, the Gail P. Kelly Award honors a doctoral dissertation that addresses social justice and equity issues in an international context.

The Award is conferred on an outstanding Ph.D. or Ed.D. dissertation that manifests academic excellence; originality; methodological, theoretical, and empirical rigor; and that deals with issues of social justice and equity in international settings. These issues may include — but are not limited to — gender, race, class, ethnicity, and nationality.

EPS Students Receive Fulbright Awards for Doctoral Research

Congratulations to EPS students Alexandra Allweiss and Teresa Speciale for each receiving grants from the U.S. Department of Education through the Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad program.  

Alexandra Allweiss, Educational Policy Studies and Curriculum and Instruction, Guatemala, Spanish/Maya-Chuj, "Indigenous Youth-Led Organizations and Re-imaginings of Education and Community."

Teresa Speciale, Educational Policy Studies, Senegal, Wolof/French, "A View from the Middle — Language Education and the 'Middle Class' in Dakar, Senegal."

Read the full article


EPS Student Honored by Association of Black Sociologists

Ashley Smith at the ABS Conference

Congratulations to EPS student Ashley Smith for winning First Place in the 2015 ABS Graduate Student Paper Award for her submission entitled "#BlackWomenMatter: The Invisible Victims of the Movement in the Wake of State Violence."  Smith's paper examines the way violence against Black women remains hidden from the center of media attention and the current 'Black Lives Matter' social movement. Smith focuses specifically on "state violence against Black women and the ways in which the greater political economy and theoretical notions of governmentality, discipline and punishment of Black bodies gives the larger structural systems of oppression a pass in its marginalization of women of color."

EPS Professors Influence White House Proposal on Community-College Accessibility

The New York Times is reporting that Sara Goldrick-Rab and Nancy Kendall, Professors of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin, are a 'clear influence' on President Obama's plan to offer free community college to qualified students. To read more about the proposal and the role that faculty of Educational Policy Studies had in developing it, please read the full article in the New York Times.

Save the Date

Educational Policy Studies Conference 2020

Navigating Migration & Displacement in Educative Spaces

April 9, 2020


​Due to new UW campus policy intended to limit the spread of ​COVID-19, the EPS Conference 2020 has been cancelled. 

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