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Education Policy Initiative

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Staff

Lauren O'Hair

Research Assistant
Lauren O'Hair is a research assistant at the Education Policy Initiative. She is a first-year MPP student with an interest in education policy due to her seven years as an elementary teacher in both public and charter schools across the country. This…
Staff

Joseph Payovich

Web Developer, Office of Communications & Outreach
Joe Payovich is a web designer at the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, where he supports the web and digital projects needs of the Education Policy Initiative, Program for Practical Policy Engagement, Poverty…
Staff

Stacey Rzeszut

Administrative Coordinator
Stacey Rzeszut is the administrative coordinator for EPI and provides fiscal, operational and administrative support to the EPI team and predoctoral candidates. Outside of work, Stacey enjoys traveling with her…
Staff

Anne Taylor

Senior Project Manager, Education Policy Initiative
Annie Taylor is a senior project manager focusing on early childhood with the Education Policy Initiative. Her work at EPI includes designing and implementing research agendas and studies for universal preschool programs around the county. She joined…
Staff

Qia Yang

Data Programmer
Qia Yang is the data programmer at the Education Policy Initiative. His primary work is to maintain the Michigan Education Data Center, import data from the State of Michigan and export data to MERI researchers. He also optimizes the code in MEDC to…
Staff

Paige Foster

Student Graphic Designer
Paige Foster is a junior pursuing a BFA in art and design at the University of Michigan’s Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design concentrating on graphic design and visual communication. She is also pursuing a History of Art minor at LSA. Paige is…
Staff

Katie Hyland

Research Assistant
Katie Hyland is a Research Assistant for the Education Policy Initiative and MPP candidate at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Katie previously worked as a research associate at American Institutes for Research, where she conducted…
Staff

Luz Mayancela

Research Assistant
Luz Mayancela is an undergraduate student at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy and a research assistant for the Education Policy Initiative. As a Chicago native and a product of public schools, she is passionate about early childhood education…
Affiliated faculty

Deborah Rivas-Drake

Professor, School of Education; Professor Psychology, College of Literature, Science and the Arts
Deborah Rivas-Drake, is a Professor of Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan. Together with the Contexts of Academic + Socioemotional Adjustment (CASA) Lab, she examines how school, peer, family, and community settings can support…
News

Jacob and Stange: Getting free college right

Feb 9, 2024
Governor Gretchen Whitmer proposed making the first two years of community college free in Michigan in her 2024 State of the State AddressIn an opinion published in Bridge Michigan, Brian Jacob and Kevin Strange applaud Governor Whitmer for her...
News

Hamp contributes her unique perspective on Pre-K for All

Jan 30, 2024
Nikki Hamp (MPA ‘23) had several professional lives before arriving at the Ford School. An MD, she is a board-certified developmental behavioral pediatrician, and until recently has been the medical director of  the Arbor Autism Clinic in Ypsilanti...
News

Data mining at USED: Updating old systems to inform new policy

Jan 30, 2024
Kevin Stange approached PhD student Nathan Sotherland in the summer of 2022 with an offer to join him in a unique assignment in the U.S. Department of Education (USED). As a part of the first cohort of economists to join the Office of Under...
News

Ford school faculty available to weigh in on 2024 elections

Jan 28, 2024
The University of Michigan has published an experts guide to the 2024 elections. Ford School faculty are available to offer insights on relevant issues impacting the elections, including the following:  Economics Betsey Stevenson, professor of...
State & Hill

Spotlights, fall 2023

Dec 10, 2023
What’s on the barbie? Economists Justin Wolfers and Betsey Stevenson were on the guest list as the White House hosted a State Dinner for Australia’s Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in October. Skills match More than fifty...
News

CIERS seminar leads to on-the-ground financial aid research 

Oct 2, 2023
“We have great data in Iowa, and we are always interested in working with graduate students to probe it and see what we can learn.” That was an invitation from Meghan Oster (PhD ‘21), who was already working at Iowa College Aid, the state’s...
News

Dr. Stange Goes to Washington

Sep 13, 2023
The Ford School is proud of its record of welcoming policymakers-in-residence. This past year, Ford School professor Kevin Stange played a different role – academic-in-residence. He had a one-year assignment working in the U.S. Department of...
News

Ford School welcomes Sarah Cohodes as associate professor

Aug 16, 2023
Leading education policy economist Sarah Cohodes joins the Ford School as an associate professor with tenure. Cohodes uses quantitative causal inference methods to evaluate educational policies and programs. Her research focuses on school choice,...
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PPIA students reflect on their summer of study and social life 

Aug 2, 2023
What are the dynamics of inequity in labor markets? How do we determine appropriate categories for people in a multicultural society?  How is the U.S. approach to ethnicity and nationality different from what they are doing in Europe?  These were...
In the Media

Jacob's study on teacher loan forgiveness cited in Chalkbeat

Aug 1, 2023 Chalkbeat
Brian Jacob, Chalkbeat: “The program has really good intentions,” said Brian Jacob, a professor at the University of Michigan and coauthor of the study. But, ultimately, “it’s not effective as it’s currently structured.” “The teachers in schools...
News

MEDC shares it knowledge in a data-hungry world

Jul 31, 2023
Education researchers across the country are always in search of more data. They all have access to resources like the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC), but each state has different models of collaboration and data sharing. A recent example in...
In the Media

MEDC cited as a model for other states

Jul 13, 2023 Chalkbeat Colorado
Chalkbeat Colorado: Strunk said she sees Michigan, where she previously was an education professor, as a model. The Michigan Education Data Center, created through a partnership between the state education department and its flagship public...
Publication

Jacob explores barriers to Teacher Loan Forgiveness program

Jul 10, 2023
The Biden Administration is preparing a new set of student loan debt-relief measures in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s rejection of its previous, ambitious plan, which would have eliminated between $10,000 and $20,000 per student. A number of...
News

Weiland's expertise cited on Boston's pre-K success

Jul 10, 2023
An article in HuffPost highlights the efforts in Boston to provide Universal Pre-K, and refers to the expertise of Christina Weiland, faculty co-director of the Education Policy Initiative (EPI). The Boston program was initiated in 2005, and since...