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Research within the Department of Educational Policy Studies (EPS) focuses on three main areas: comparative, international, and global studies in education, history and humanities, and social sciences and education. Bolstered by faculty expertise and research centers — including the Wisconsin Center for Educational Research, one of the largest and most productive research centers in the nation — we drive innovation in educational policy.

Areas of Research and Projects

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Comparative, International, and Global Studies in Education

History and Humanities

Social Sciences and Education

Boosting Equitable College and Career Outcomes: A Research-Practice Partnership to Study a Scaled Pre-College Advising Strategy – Taylor Odle

Building Democratic Decision-making for Educational Change – Erica Turner

Embracing Complexity: The Diverse Efforts to Address Racial Inequity in One School District – Erica Turner

Experimental Evidence Using Direct Admissions to Reduce Inequality in College Admissions from Four States – Taylor Odle

Exploring factors that shape education & workplace training on essential 21st century competencies: A translational study in four high-STEM job regions (National Science Foundation) – Matthew Hora

Geographic and Community Influences on College Savings: Evidence from the Universe of Pennsylvania 529 Account Holders – Taylor Odle

Online internships amidst the Covid-19 pandemic – Matthew Hora

Racial Equity in STEM Undergraduate Education for Minoritized Students: A Longitudinal Mixed-Methods Study of the STEM Experiences of Hmong American College Students (NSF funded) – Stacey J. Lee

Social Connectedness, Network Embedded Inequality, and Disparities in Education Outcomes (AERA-NSF Grant) – Ran Liu

The College Internship Study: A Longitudinal Mixed Methods Study Exploring the Impacts of College Internships on Student Outcomes at HBCUs – Matthew Hora

The Dark Side of Data Use: Understanding Systemic Cheating in Atlanta – Erica Turner

The Effects of Tulsa’s Early Childhood Education Programs on High School Outcomes – Amy Claessens

The Unequal Care Burden: Gender Inequality in Increased Childcare Time During the COVID-19 Pandemic – Ran Liu

The In/Flexibility of Racial Policies and Practices: Chinese Americans, Education & Identity in the Jim Crow South – Stacey J. Lee

Understanding Declines in Regulated Child Care Supply and Subsidy Use in Wisconsin – Amy Claessens

Variation in Math Instruction Across Schools and Grades – Amy Claessens

Who’s Matched Up? Access to Same-Race Instructors in Higher Education – Taylor Odle

Graduate Dissertations

Curious about what topics EPS graduate students have studied? View a list of dissertation titles produced by past students.