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.
EPS PhD Funding
All newly admitted students to the Ph.D. program in Educational Policy Studies receive at least four academic years of funding from a combination of school or university fellowships; teaching assistantships; and/or project/research assistantships. In addition, all students receive tuition remission, have access to health insurance, and a competitive living stipend for their first four academic years of study. Details on your exact funding package will be provided at the time of admission.
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Education Studies Major and EPS Certificates
The Education Studies degree program addresses urgent questions related to domestic and global education policy and practice. Students in this program will focus on the relationships among education, inequality, and social justice. They'll investigate the connections between education and other policy areas, including housing, healthcare, migration, justice, political reforms, economic development, and foreign policy. Graduates of this program will become well-informed leaders who can engage critically, thoughtfully, and ethically in educational policy debates and practices in Wisconsin, the U.S., and the world.
The Certificate in Global Cultures, Languages, and Education (GCLE) educates students about global anthropological, sociolinguistic, and language policy and planning perspectives, while providing them with tools to think critically about global language, literacy, and sociocultural contexts.
The Certificate in Social Justice and Education, focused on education policy and practice, aims to provide students with a foundational understanding of the social inequities that shape education and broader society, as well as how educators, students, administrators, parents, and community members have responded to these inequities.
Meet Our Students
Khrysta A. Evans is a PhD candidate in Educational Policy Studies in the Social Sciences concentration at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. Originally from the Bronx, NY, she earned her BA in Sociology from the University of Maryland, and her MA in Educational Studies from the University of Michigan. As a doctoral student, she is excited to learn about Black girls’ school experiences, particularly about how schools simultaneously serve as a site of socialization and resistance and fugitivity for Black girls. Khrysta has had articles published in Journal of School Psychology and Emerging Adulthood that examine how Black girls’ and women’s peer groups help them to navigate K-12 schools and universities. This year she will be part of the Morgridge Center for Public Service’s 5th Cohort of Morgridge Fellows and the Institute for Research Poverty’s Graduate Research Fellow Program. Currently, she is gearing up to conduct a dissertation on how Black West Indian girls develop spatial knowledge and support networks within schools.
Meet Our Faculty
Stacey J. Lee is the Frederick Erickson Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) Professor of Educational Policy Studies and the Associate Dean for Education in the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin. Lee is also a faculty affiliate in the Asian American Studies Program. An educational anthropologist, Lee’s research examines the role of formal and informal education in the incorporation of youth from immigrant and refugee families into the United States. Her primary strand of research focuses on education and the racialization of Asian American youth. She is the author of Unraveling the Model Minority Stereotype: Listening to Asian American Youth, and Up Against Whiteness: Race, School & Immigrant youth. Her newest book, Resisting Asian American Invisibility: The Politics of Race and Education is forthcoming with Teachers College Press in the fall of 2022. She is currently to co-editor-in-chief of Anthropology & Education Quarterly. Her research has been supported by the Spencer Foundation and she is a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.
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