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
Circle of Care: A Transformative Model for Supporting Orphans’ Education in Malawi – Nancy Kendall
Education Systems, School Characteristics, and Gender Disparities in Student STEM Attitudes and Aspirations – Ran Liu
Schooling in (Il)legal Economies: A Comparative Study of Educational Experiences in the Midst of the Drug War – Diana Maria Rodríguez-Gómez
The College Internship Study – Matthew Hora
The Gendered Sibling Rivalry: Effect of Sibship Structure on Adolescent Cognitive Ability in China – Ran Liu
The Reading Revolution: Multilingual Literacies in International Settings – Lesley Bartlett
The Refugee Label: Mapping the Trajectories of Colombian Youth and Their Families Through Educational Bureaucracies In Ecuador – Diana Maria Rodríguez-Gómez
Tikuyendadi: Supporting Expansive Education for Children with Disabilities in Malawi – Nancy Kendall
Understanding marginalized youth’s secondary education experiences: A mixed-methods study of Colombia, India, and Malawi – Nancy Kendall
History and Humanities
A Marketplace of Ideas: The Economy of Higher Education in Early America – Adam Nelson
The Calculating Boy: The Amazing World of Zerah Colburn – William Reese
Capital of Mind: The Idea of a Modern American University – Adam Nelson
Education for Imprisonment: Youth, Race, and Incarceration in the World’s Prison Capital – Walter Stern
What Happened to the Public Schools in Washington, D.C.? – William Reese
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
Centers and Groups
Center for Research on Early Childhood Education
Unique among education research centers in its whole-child, ecological approach to research, the Center for Research on Early Childhood Education (CRECE) focuses on children ages 0-8, their families, and communities.
Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions
The mission of the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions (CCWT) is to provide and support critical research aimed at illuminating students’ experiences and voices with respect to college-workforce transitions.
International and Comparative Education Research Group
International and Comparative Education Research Group (ICERG) is an organization dedicated to scholarly discussion of work in the field of international and comparative education.
Curious about what topics EPS graduate students have studied? View a list of dissertation titles produced by past students.