Current & past postdoctoral fellows

Fall 2021 cohort

Marissa Thompson

Marissa Thompson is an IES Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her work focuses on the causes and consequences of racial and socioeconomic inequality, with an emphasis on understanding the role of education in producing disparate outcomes over the life-course.
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Fall 2020 cohort

Tareena Musaddiq

Tareena Musaddiq is an Institute of Education Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ford School’s Education Policy Initiative. Her research interests are in economics of education and health economics.
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Fall 2020 cohort

Jason Baron

Jason Baron was an IES postdoctoral fellow with the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He recently obtained his PhD in economics from Florida State University and will join the Department of Economics at Duke University as an assistant professor in 2022.
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Fall 2019 cohort

Sabrina Solanki

Now an Academic Administrator at the Education Research Initiative (ERI) at the University of California, Irvine, Solanki has spends most of her time working on a number of diverse research projects that focus on improving the college experience and learning outcomes for students, using both quasi-experimental and experimental designs.
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Fall 2018 cohort

Gloria Yeomans-Maldonado

Gloria Yeomans-Maldonado was an IES Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ford School’s Education Policy Initiative from 2018-2020. Her research interests include early childhood, child development, and the contextual factors that accompany these experiences (i.e., the home, the community, and the classroom), especially for Latino families and children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
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Fall 2017 cohort

Thomas Goldring

Thomas Goldring is the Research Director of the Georgia Policy Labs at Georgia State University. His research interests include school finance, test-based accountability, and career and technical education.
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Fall 2016 cohort

Silvia Robles

Now a researcher at Mathematica, Robles focuses on the transition between high school and college, and on barriers to higher education among under-represented minority and low-income students in the U.S.
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Fall 2015 cohort

Sarah Cannon

Sarah Cannon was a research scientist at Gibson Consulting Group, Inc. She holds a PhD in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University and an undergraduate degree from Carleton College.
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Fall 2014 cohort

Katherine Michelmore

Katherine Michelmore is an associate professor of public policy at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Previously, she was assistant professor of public administration and international affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.
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Fall 2012 cohort

Rachel Rosen

Rosen is co-director of MDRC’s Center for Effective Career and Technical Education (CTE). She holds a PhD in education policy and social analysis from Teachers College, Columbia University, and master’s degrees from Columbia University and Trinity College in Ireland.
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Fall 2012 cohort

Daniel Kreisman

Daniel Kreisman is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Georgia State University. Kreisman previously served as postdoctoral research fellow with the Ford School's Education Policy Initiative.
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Fall 2011 cohort

Steve Hemelt

Now an assistant professor of public policy at the University of North Carolina, Hemelt is examining the effects of different policies or programs on students' performance in high school, transition into college, and longer-run college outcomes.
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Fall 2009 cohort

Tamara W. Linkow

Linkow served as deputy project director of the Evaluation of the NASA’s Summer of Innovation. She served as data collection lead for ED’s Study of Promising Features of Teacher Preparation Programs. She was deputy project director of ED’s Study of Strategies for Improving the Quality of Local Grantee Program Evaluations.
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