ITP: Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences ITP: Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences
at the University of Wisconsin-Madison


Bartel, Anna (psychology)

Research interests: Mathematical cognition; syntactic structure of algebraic word problems; use of graphics to facilitate or hinder comprehension of math problems; use of grounded and abstract representations in teaching statistics; education policy
Bio: Anna received her BA from California State University, Chico, graduating with honors in Psychology, and Child Development. She also earned her MA from California State University, Chico, graduating with distinction in Psychological Science. Prior to UW Madison, Anna worked at CSU Chico’s Child Development Lab, taught undergraduate statistics at CSU, Chico, and was a statistical analyst at a non-profit organization that provided support to adults with developmental disabilities.

Katie BrotonBroton, Katharine (sociology)

Research interests: Inequality and poverty; secondary and higher education; stratification and mobility; education policy and social policy
Bio: Katharine graduated from UW-Madison in 2006 with a BS in Sociology and Afro-American Studies. Prior to graduate school, Katharine did direct service work helping low-income middle and high school students prepare for and earn admission to college. She also worked as a Research Associate at Wilder Research, where she focused on education evaluation.

Sarah BrownBrown, Sarah (psychology)

Research interests: Mathematics education; learning and cognitive development; problem solving; strategy generation
Bio: Sarah graduated from Haverford College in 2012 with a BS in Psychology and minors in Educational Studies and Linguistics.

Katie BrotonCooper Borkenhagen, Matthew (psychology)

Research Interests: Language in reading, writing and mathematical cognition and performance, in both typically and atypically developing children.
Bio: Matt received a BA in Linguistics and Literature from UC Santa Cruz, an MA in Linguistics from San Francisco State University, and an MA in Education from San Jose State University. Prior to coming to the Department of Psychology at UW-Madison, he was an elementary school teacher in California, specializing in language and math instruction for children with learning differences such as dyslexia and dyscalculia.


Corral, Daniel (educational leadership & policy analysis)

Research Interests: Daniel’s research agenda centers on how race and class intersect to shape the experiences of Latinx college students. He is also interested in how Minority Serving Institutions support historically underrepresented populations.
Bio: Daniel graduatedin 2015 with a BA in secondary education and history from Beloit College. He has worked in multiple capacities in both K-12 and higher education settings. Daniel is originally from Chicago, Illinois.

Evan CrawfordCrawford, Evan (political science)

Research Interests: Education policy; inequality in public education; political behavior and communication; school board politics
Bio: Evan received a BA in History and a Master's degree in Education at the University of Florida. Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Evan taught 7-12th grade social studies in Florida for six years.

Davis, Ja'Dell (sociology)

Research interests: Race and ethnicity, community-based educational spaces, student transitions from high school to college, race and higher education, teacher education/training programs
Bio: Ja'Dell earned her BA in History and Educational Studies at Swarthmore College, and her M.S.Ed from The University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Prior to joining the Sociology Department, Ja'Dell taught high school social studies in the Philadelphia public school system, and created and implemented educational enrichment and college access programs in Chester, PA and New York City.

Andrea Marquardt DonovanDonovan, Andrea M. (psychology)

Research interests: Andrea is interested in cognitive development and mathematical learning in children. Her current research investigates the role of manipulatives in learning as well as children’s communication of knowledge.
Bio: Andrea earned her BA from University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with distinction in Psychology.

Rachel FeldmanFeldman, Rachel (educational policy studies)

Research interests: Teacher labor markets; accountability; schools as organizations; school working conditions
Bio: Rachel is a founding member of WiPOP, Wisconsin Policy, Outreach, and Practice, whose mission is to build teacher capacity around federal, state, and local policy initiatives. She received her BA in Mathematics from Wellesley College. Prior to graduate school, Rachel taught middle and high school math. She has partnered with local school districts to evaluate the impacts of multiple teacher and student interventions.

Tora FrankFrank, Tora (social welfare)

Research interests: Educational attainment of low-income students; transition to, and persistence in, postsecondary education; program evaluation
Bio: Tora has a BA in English Literature and a Master of Public Affairs, both from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before beginning her graduate studies, Tora served as an AmeriCorps volunteer in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, helping to prepare low income students for postsecondary education. She also spent 5 years conducting evaluations of educational programs in her capacity as a research associate with a private consulting firm.

Garret HallHall, Garret (educational psychology)

Research interests: Mathematics achievement of linguistically diverse students; academic intervention design, implementation, and evaluation; educational measurement and assessment
Bio: Garret graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology and English Studies.

Cameron Hecht
Hecht, Cameron (psychology)

Research interests: Academic motivation, classroom based interventions, achievement gaps, subjective task value, identity, student interest
Bio: Cameron graduated from the University of Vermont in 2012 and received his MA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago in 2013. He then worked as a research assistant collecting data on elementary school students’ spatial and mathematical cognition for one year prior to attending UW-Madison.


Katie BrotonHirschl, Noah (sociology)

Research Interests: Educational attainment and stratification over the life course, socioeconomic inequality and childhood achievement, and higher education.
Bio: Noah studied Development Sociology at Cornell University and graduated with a B.S. in 2014. His research before coming to UW-Madison has focused on US post-secondary educational inequality as well as international development issues in Southeast Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa.


Mai Youa MiksicMiksic, Mai Youa (social welfare)


Research interests: Early childhood education, parent involvement, immigrant families and children
Bio: Mai graduated from UW-Madison in 2007 with a BA in Social Welfare and a certificate in Women's Studies. In 2009 she obtained a Master's in Social Work at Columbia University, with an emphasis on policy practice in international social welfare and services to immigrants and refugees. Her research focused on the effects of No Child Left Behind on immigrant children and English language learners.

April MurphyMurphy, April (psychology)

Research interests: Mathematics learning, educational technologies, STEM education, cognitive differences across expertise groups
Bio: April graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a BA in Linguistics and Anthropology and a certificate in information systems. She received an MS in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to beginning graduate studies, April worked for the RAND Corporation, supporting and disseminating policy research.


Nemykina, YuliyaNemykina, Yuliya (sociology)

Research Interests: secondary and higher education; transitions into college and into the workforce; immigrant populations; the effects of non-classroom experiences on educational attainment

Bio: Yuliya graduated from Northwestern University in 2014 with a BS in Journalism and a BA in Sociology. Her research before coming to UW-Madison focused on the STEM interest gap between 1.5 and 2nd generation immigrants. She spent two years teaching elementary and junior high school English in Sado, Japan.


Stacy Priniski
Priniski, Stacy (psychology)

Research interests: Student motivation and interest, personal relevance, classroom interventions, social class, higher education, achievement gaps
Bio: Stacy earned her B.A. in Psychology and Spanish in 2011 and her M.S. in Psychology with a Cognitive and Affective Sciences emphasis in 2014, both from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. She earned her M.S. in Social Psychology in 2015 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Drew AndersonPyne, Jaymes (sociology)

Research interests: Sociology of Education, stratification and inequality, school behavioral and disciplinary problems, early childhood stress, educational policy, at-risk youth, educational transitions, quantitative methods
Bio: Jaymes received a BA in History from Aquinas College and a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Grand Valley State University. Before moving to Madison, he worked as a teacher, school counselor, and finally as Assistant Director of Grand Valley State University’s Center for Educational Partnerships.

Michelle RobinsonRobinson, Michelle (sociology)

Research interests: Early childhood achievement disparities, education policy, social stratification, race and ethnicity, school effects, school segregation, peer cultures, African American identity formation and its impacts on achievement, comparative education
Bio: Michelle graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. She received a BA in Sociology and an interdisciplinary certification in Social Inequality, Health and Policy, with a specialization in Social Inequality and Policy.

Alex SchmidtSchmidt, Alex (sociology)

Interests: educational/social inequality, the effects of family and culture on educational achievement, the evaluation of educational programs and interventions
Bio: Alex graduated from St. Olaf College with a degree in Sociology/Anthropology and Asian Studies, and a minor in China Studies. Prior to graduate school, he spent a year conducting research on Muslim Chinese views of higher education in northwestern China through a Fulbright Scholarship. The following two years he taught middle school English in a rural school in Guangdong with Teach for China.

Smith, Christian (sociology)

Research interests: Socioeconomic inequalities in higher education, college completion, financial aid policy, social stratification, poverty
Bio: Christian graduated from Macalester College in 2015, where he received a BA in Applied Mathematics & Statistics and Educational Studies. Before coming to Wisconsin, he conducted research in both applied mathematics and higher education, led programming for working class college students, and taught mathematics in a variety of settings.

Suchor, Katerina (educational policy studies)

Research interests: Educational inequity, out-of-school learning, rural education
Bio: Katerina has a BA in Economics from Grinnell College. She previously worked at Abt Associates on studies of federal education and workforce development programs, and at the Value-Added Research Center (within the Wisconsin Center for Education Research) on projects related to value-added modeling, class size reduction programs, course-taking behavior, and early warning systems.

Tibbetts, Yoi (psychology)Yoi Tibbetts

Research interests: Classroom based interventions, achievement gaps, social stratification, achievement motivation, utility value, student interest
Bio: Yoi graduated from Swarthmore College in 2009. He was a
pre-school teacher and English teacher in Tokyo for two years prior to attending UW-Madison.

Sally WuWu, Sally (educational psychology)

Research interests: Connection-making, external representations, metacognition, drawing, educational technology; STEM education
Bio: Sally graduated from Haverford College in 2011 with a BA in Psychology and minor in Educational Studies. Prior to graduate school, she was a curriculum and training specialist as an AmeriCorps member at Citizen Schools, engaging volunteers and staff in providing hands-on learning apprenticeships for at-risk students in Newark, NJ. She also worked as a research assistant for Abt Associates, a research and evaluation consulting firm, where she investigated the effectiveness of STEM education initiatives.