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Researchers participate in Summer Scholars Program

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This summer, the University of Iowa Public Policy Center is hosting three researchers for the inaugural Summer Scholars Program.

The goal of the program is to provide an opportunity for an interdisciplinary team of scholars to develop a policy-relevant deliverable at the end of the experience. This could include a journal article, a grant application or other scholarly work. The scholars will spend two to four weeks at the PPC working with PPC researchers.

Two of the scholars – Cassie Barnhardt and Nick Bowman – will collaborate with Sarah Bruch, Director of the Social and Education Policy Research Program and an assistant professor of in the UI Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS). The third scholar – Rebecca Kreitzer, will collaborate with Tracy Osborn, Director of the Politics and Policy Research Program and an associate professor in the UI Department of Political Science in CLAS.

Cassie Barnhardt and Nicholas Bowman
Barnhardt is an assistant professor in the UI College of Education. Bowman is an associate professor in the UI College of Education. With Bruch, they will work toward developing a framework for educational inclusion. The project is focused on identifying principles of organizational practice and policy that contribute to the ways in which members of educational communities experience their educational climates.

Rebecca Kreitzer
Kreitzer is an assistant professor of public policy at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In early 2016, Kreitzer and Osborn were asked to join a large, cross-country comparative study called Gender Equality in Public Policy (GEPP). The study considers eight key policy areas relevant to women’s equality. Kreitzer and Osborn’s research focus is on political representation in the United States, specifically on informal policy mechanisms for recruiting women candidates.

Barnhardt and Bowman’s residency will take place from Thursday, June 15 to Thursday, July 13. Kreitzer’s residency will take place from Monday, July 3 to Friday, July 21.