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


Although the UW-ITP program can fund only U.S. citizens or permanent residents, it encourages international students with shared research interests to become part of the UW-ITP community.


Wu, Yi-Jung (Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis)

Research Interests: K-12 school leadership, STEM education, career development, social stratification and comparative studies

Bio: Yi-jung received her B.S. in Mathematics and M.S. in Cognitive Science from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. Her previous experiences include working as a research assistant responsible for projects in cognitive psychology and educational research and as a middle school mathematics teacher.


Yang, Hyunwoo (Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis)

Research Interests: Educational inequality, Social capital,
Social networks, Educational policy, Quantitative research

Bio: Hyunwoo graduated with a BA in elementary education from the Gwangju National University of Education in South Korea in 2009, and an MA in educational theory and policy from the Pennsylvania State University in 2015. He worked in public elementary and middle schools in South Korea.


Collares, Ana Cristina Murta. PhD '10 (Sociology)Ana Cristina Collares

Research interests: Social stratification, education, immigration, quantitative research

Bio: Ana received a Master's degree in Sociology from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil, and a doctorate in Sociology from UW-Madison in 2010. She worked on three projects at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research: 1) Labor Market Consequences of School Desegregation (project leader Adam Gamoran); 2) Surveys of Enacted Curriculum (project leader John Smithson); 3) Project Assistant for the Interdisciplinary Training Program in the Education Sciences. Ana is currently an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at the Universidade de Brasilia, UNB, Brasil.


Ana Cristina CollaresHan, Seong Won. PhD '13 (Sociology)

Dissertation topic: Cross-national variation in science-related career aspirations of adolescents

Research interests: Sociology of education, social stratification, comparative education, and educational policy

Bio: Seong Won Han is an assistant professor in the Department of Educational Leadership Policy and Department of Counseling, School and Educational Psychology at University of Buffalo, The State University of New York.


Kam, Jihye. PhD '17 (Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis)Mai Seki

Dissertation Topic: The role of institutional diversity in student's affinity for prefered college majors

Research interests: Determinants and consequences of college major choice

Bio: Jihye grew up in Seoul, South Korea, and graduated with a BA and MA in economics from Seoul National University, an MA in educational policy and social analysis from Teachers College-Columbia University, and an MS in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She worked for Educational Testing Service (ETS) as a summer research intern in 2011.


Li, Hsueh-Hsiang (Cher). PhD '13 (Economics)Cher Li

Dissertation topic: Gender gap in academic achievement and college major choices

Research interests: Economics of education, public economics, social inequality and poverty, inter-generational mobility

Bio: Cher received her undergraduate degree of law (L.L.B) from the National Taiwan University and practiced law for 7 years. She earned a Master's degree in business (MBA) from the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She was a graduate research fellow of the Institute of Research on Poverty (IRP) and worked as a research assistant for John Karl Scholz at the Department of Economics. She is an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at Colorado State University.


Mai SekiLi, Yi. PhD '15 (Economics).

Dissertation topic: Family Income and Collegiate Attainment

Research interests: Labor economics, economics of education, inequality and poverty, inter-generational mobility

Bio: Yi received her BA in mathematics and economics from Wuhan University in China and her doctoral degree in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an assistant professer at Wuhan University in China.


Carolina MilesiMilesi, Carolina. PhD '07 (Sociology)

Dissertation title: Different paths, different destinations: A Life course perspective on educational transitions

Bio: Carolina received a BA in Sociology from Catholic University of Chile in 1996, and a PhD in Sociology from UW-Madison in 2007. She is currently a senior research scientist in the Center for Advancing Research and Communication in STEM Education and Child Development at the University of Chicago.


Hiren NisarNisar, Hiren. PhD '11 (Economics)

Research interests: Education policy, public policy, industrial organization

Dissertation title: Evaluating charter schools: A Case study from Milwaukee Public School System

Bio: Hiren has a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of Mumbai, India and a Master's in Industrial engineering and operations research from the University of California, Berkeley. He earned his doctorate in 2011 from UW-Madison and is a senior analyst at Abt Associates, a research consulting firm.

Fabian PfefferPfeffer, Fabian T. PhD '10 (Sociology)

Research interests: Social stratification and mobility, sociology of education, cross-national comparisons

Dissertation title: Wealth and opportunity in the United States and Germany

Bio: Fabian received his Ph.D. in 2010. He is a research assistant professor at the Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan, and a co-investigator of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics.


Martín SantosSantos, Martín. PhD '09 (Sociology)

Research interests: Sociology of education, social stratification, social networks, social capital, race and ethnicity

Thesis topic: Friendship networks as a key mechanism of educational stratification

Bio: Martín received his M.A. in Sociology from the Universidad Católica del Perú in 2002, and his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 2009. As a graduate student, he worked with Ruth Turley on the effects of socioeconomic background on educational attainment across cohorts (1972-2000), and with Christopher Jencks on the economic returns to test scores for Black, White, and Latino young adults across cohorts. He has also worked with Adam Gamoran and Lynn McDonald on the effects of social capital on educational achievement and child behavior. Martin is a professor in the department of social sciences of Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP).

Mai SekiSeki, Mai. PhD '12 (Economics)

Dissertation topic: Reconsidering returns to college in an age of advanced degrees: Returns to college quality and the option value of graduate degree attainment.

Research interests: Higher education, economics of education, public economics, quantitative analysis of child welfare

Bio: Mai received a Master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Tokyo, Japan, and a doctorate in economics from UW-Madison (2012). She worked as a senior analyst at the Bank of Canada 2012-15, and is currently a research fellow at Japan International Cooperation Agency - Research Institute.