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



Anna Haskins (sociology '13) was interviewed about prison reform and how incarceration of parents affects children's education outcomes on the Out of Bounds radio show, 10/23/16. She was also featured in Cornell Research, in an article about her work on inequality, education, and mass incarceration. She is an assistant professor of sociology at Cornell University.

Research by Paul Hanselman (sociology '14), Jeff Grigg (sociology '14), Chris Rozek (psychology '14), and ITP Director Geoffrey Borman, was featured in The Atlantic (9 Sep. 2016, "A Worrying Trend for Psychology's 'Simple Little Tricks'").


Arnold Shober's (political science '06) book In Common No More: The Politics of the Common Core Standards will be published this spring (Praeger, 2016). The book examines the rise and fall of our national education standards from their inception to the present day. Shober is associate professor of government at Lawrence University.

Katharine Broton discusses the rising number of "non-traditional" students and their growing struggle to pay for college-related expenses, on Wisconsin Public Television's program Here and Now (aired 5 Feb. 2016) and the podcast Educate on American RadioWorks (11 Aug. 2016): "Hungry Hungry Students." An op-ed by Katharine and ITP faculty Sara Goldrick-Rab was published in the New York Times (4 Dec. 2015) - "Hungry, Homeless and in College."

Jared Knowles (political science '15) is principal investigator on a new $5.2 million U.S. Department of Education grant that will fund the largest research collaboration to date between Wisconsin's Department of Public Instruction and UW-Madison's Wisconsin Center for Education Research (WCER). Over the next four years, researchers will analyze data from all state public schools in order to identify proven practices teachers can use to narrow gaps in student opportunity and achievement levels across all racial and ethnic backgrounds, and family income levels. In addtional to the UW Press Release, Jared has been interviewed in the State Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Cap Times, and Badger Herald.

Katie Broton and ITP faculty Sara Goldrick-Rab authored an article based on their research and published on the Australia-based news site The Conversation (Sep. 25, 2015): "To Cut Costs, College Students Are Buying Less Food and Even Going Hungry."

Lesley Lavery (political science '12) was co-author on a study measuring teacher quality that was featured 7/13/15 in U.S. News & World Report: "Study: Low-Income Minorities Get Worst Teachers in Washington State."


Research on motivation by Chris Hulleman (psychology '07), of the University of Virginia, and ITP faculty Judith Harackiewicz, was discussed in an article in Education Week (6 January 2015), "Small K-12 Interventions Can Be Powerful," by Hunter Gehlbach.

Katie Broton, a doctoral candidate in sociology, and Meghan Condon (political science '12) were named Emerging Education Policy Scholars for 2014-15 by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the American Enterprise Institute. With this distinction they join ITP political science alums Deven Carlson ('12), Lesley Lavery ('11), and Sara Dahill-Brown ('12).

The Psych Report (15 Dec. 2014) features research published in the Journal of Educational Psychology (106:2 2014 May 1 pg 375-389) by Elizabeth Canning and Yoi Tibbetts, together with ITP faculty Judith Harackiewicz and co-authors, on an intervention that could help close the social class achievement gap. ("Affirming Their Way to the Top: How a Small Intervention Could Help Close the Social Class Achievement Gap," by Melissa Tier).

The Wisconsin Center for Education Research highlighted a recent study by Megan Shoji (sociology '14), Anna Haskins (sociology '13), David Rangel (doctoral candidate, sociology) and Kia Sorenson. The study, published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly, identifies processes for improving the engagement of low-income Latino families with their children's elementary schools.

Jared Knowles (political science) was interviewed on the National Public Radio show "Marketplace" about Wisconsin's Early Warning System, which uses data to predict students at risk of not graduating from high school. "Using data to head off high school dropouts," by Adriene Hill (12 November 2014).

Research by Chris Hulleman (psychology '07) and ITP faculty Judith Harackiewicz is discussed in the New York Times Sunday Review article "Liking Work Reallly Matters" (5 Sep. 2014).

A recent article in the journal Sociology of Education, by Paul Hanselman (sociology '14), Sarah Bruch (sociology '12), and ITP faculty Adam Gamoran and Geoffrey Borman was the focus of the Education Week spotlight, "Shrinking the Achievement Gap One Word at a Time," by Holly Yettick (27 May 2014).

An Op-Ed by Anna Haskins(sociology '13) appeared in The Washington Post on June 14, 2014, "Imprisoning fathers makes their kids unprepared for school."


A study by Anna Haskins (sociology '13) on the effects of paternal incarceration on child school readiness and later special education placement, published April 21, 2014 in the journal Sociological Science, was featured April 25, 2014 on the news site Vox.

Jeremy Fiel’s 2013 article in the American Sociological Review, “Decomposing School Resegregation: Social Closure, Racial Imbalance, and Racial Isolation,” was covered in an article in The Atlantic, as well as a policy blog. His article “Reducing School Mobility: A Randomized Trial of a Relationship-Building Intervention” was also covered in a policy blog. (“Reducing School Mobility with a Relationship-Building Intervention.” Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE) blog. November 19, 2013; “Why Are American Schools Still Segregated?” Eleanor Barkhorn. The Atlantic. November 5, 2013; “Despite education policies to the contrary, demographic changes have been the driving force behind the resegregation of American schools.” The London School of Economics and Political Science, USApp American Politics and Policy blog. October 23, 2013). 

ITP graduate and associate professor at Lawrence University Arnold Shober (political science '06) was lead author (with M. T. Hartney) on a March 2014 report "Does School Board Leadership Matter?" published by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. The report was discussed in the March 27, 2014 edition of The Atlantic.


Sarah Bruch (sociology '12), an assistant professor at the University of Iowa, has an article in Race and Social Problems (2013) on the relationship between skin tone and school suspension for African Americans. Her research with co-authors Lance Hannon and Robert DeFina was discussed in the March 5, 2014 Girl w/ Pen blog.

Two ITP graduates were named Emerging Education Policy Scholars for 2013-14 by the Thomas B. Fordham Institute and the American Enterprise Institute: Lesley Lavery ('11), assistant professor of political science, Macalaster College; and Sara Dahill-Brown ('12), assistant professor of political science, Wake Forest University. They join ITP graduate Deven Carlson ('12), assistant professor of political science, University of Oklahoma, who was honored in 2012-13.


A story in The Chronicle of Higher Education (April 6, 2011) describes research by ITP graduate Brian P. An (sociology '09), assistant professor of educational policy and leadership studies at the University of Iowa. Dr. An and co-author Kia Sorensen examined the impact of divorce and related family disruptions on students' college-going prospects.