Sara Goldrick-Rab
Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology at Temple University
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Sara Goldrick-Rab is Professor of Higher Education Policy & Sociology at Temple University, and Founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. She is best known for her innovative research on food and housing insecurity in higher education, having led the two largest national studies on the subject, and for her work on making public higher education free. She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Award and the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award, and in 2016 POLITICO magazine named her one of the top 50 people shaping American politics. Her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, is an Amazon best-seller, and has been featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, the New York Review of Books, and CSPAN’s Book TV, among other venues. The Chronicle of Higher Education calls her “a defender of impoverished students and a scholar of their struggles,” and she is ranked 10th in the nation among education scholars according to Education Week.

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Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s commitment to scholar-activism is evidenced by her broad profile of research and writing dissecting the intended and unintended consequences of the college-for-all movement in the United States. In more than a dozen experimental, longitudinal, and mixed-methods studies, she has examined the efficacy and distributional implications of financial aid policies, welfare reform, transfer practices, and a range of interventions aimed at increasing college attainment among marginalized populations. She provides extensive service to local, state, and national communities, working directly with governors and state legislators to craft policies to make college more affordable, collaborating with non-profit organizations seeking to examine the effects of their practices, and providing technical assistance to Congressional staff, think tanks, and membership organizations throughout Washington, DC.

Many professional organizations and foundations have honored Dr. Goldrick-Rab for her work. In 2013, she was invited to testify before the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, chaired by Senators Tom Harkin and Lamar Alexander. In 2014, she received the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association, and in 2015 she graduated from the William T. Grant Foundation’s five-year-long Faculty Scholars program.

Dr. Goldrick-Rab is widely published in venues such as Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis, Sociology of Education, Review of Educational Research, and Teachers College Record, and in 2014, Harvard Education Press released her co-edited book, Reinventing Financial Aid Charting a New Course to College Affordability. In fall 2016, the University of Chicago will publish her latest book,Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid and the Betrayal of the American Dream.

Jed Richardson

Jed Richardson
Acting Director
L139G Education | 608-890-2946 |

Jed Richardson is an applied microeconomist focused on education policy. He has studied the academic impacts of student risk factors such as placement in out of home care and contact with the juvenile justice system, early warning and response models for improving the academic outcomes of at-risk students, and the design of school accountability systems. In addition, Jed has led several large-scale research efforts in conjunction with school districts and researchers across the country. Before coming to HOPE, Jed served as Associate Director and Economist at the Value-Added Research Center. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Davis.​

Alison Bowman

Alison Bowman
Associate Director
L139F Education | 608-890-3481 |

Alison Bowman handles all project management activities and coordinates the work of the Lab, as well as external relations.  Prior to serving as associate director, she served as the project manager for the Wisconsin Scholars Longitudinal Study. Alison holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from the La Follette School at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied public policy, administration, and tribal affairs. She is also the advisor for Wunk Sheek, the UW American Indian Student Organization. 

Peter Kinsley

Peter Kinsley
Senior Researcher
L139E Education | 608-263-4590 |

Peter Kinsley holds a Ph.D. from the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He began working as a graduate student researcher for Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s Wisconsin Scholars Longitudinal Study in 2008. He now serves as senior researcher for the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, responsible for the design, implementation, and analysis of many of the Lab’s research projects. His research focuses on issues of socioeconomic and racial inequality in postsecondary education, and bridges the fields of education policy, sociology and family studies. Prior his move to Madison, Peter worked for many years in the fields of adult education and international development as a teacher, instructional designer, grant writer, and project manager.  Peter also holds a master’s degree in international education policy.

David Monaghan

David Monaghan
Senior Researcher
L139B Education | 608-890-0913 |

David Monaghan completed his Ph.D. in sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York in 2015, and is a senior researcher at the Wisconsin HOPE Lab.  His research focuses on nontraditional undergraduates and broad-access higher educational institutions, the impact of socioeconomic inequality on college experiences and outcomes, and on the relationship between educational credentialing and the labor market.  David grew up in Massachusetts, and earned his BA from Tufts University in 2001.  Prior to his graduate studies, he worked in San Francisco for many years as a union organizer, mental health counselor and case manager.

Drew M. Anderson

Drew M. Anderson
Postdoctoral Fellow
L139C Education | 608-890-0776 |

Drew M. Anderson studies the economics of higher education. As a postdoctoral researcher at the HOPE Lab, Drew works on large-scale evaluations of financial and informational interventions for college students. He also investigates the incentives embedded in financial aid policy. Drew grew up in Colorado, then attended Augustana College in South Dakota, where he earned his BA in mathematics and economics. He worked as a software engineer before moving to Wisconsin. He joined Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s Wisconsin Scholars Longitudinal Study in 2012, and the HOPE Lab in 2015. He received his MS and Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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UW–Madison Graduate Research Assistants

Katharine Broton, Sociology
Rachel Feldman, Educational Policy Studies
Jamie Hawkins, Sociology
Anthony Hernandez, Educational Policy Studies Sara Sanders, Public Affairs
Kathy Villalon, Educational Policy Studies


Ryan Adserias, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Kristen Bialik, Journalism
Dominique Bradley, Sociology
Ellen Bruno, Sociology
Rachel Byington, Interdisciplinary Studies
Derria Byrd, Educational Policy Studies
Russell Cannon, Educational Policy Studies
Dorothy Cheng, Educational Policy Studies
Yeseul Choi, Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis
Emi Coffin, Anthropology
Karole Dachelet, Public Affairs
Ja'Dell Davis, Sociology
Benjamin Emmel, Public Affairs
Brooke Evans, Philosophy
Derek Field, Economics and Political Science
Victoria Frank, Social Work
Christin Gates, Educational Policy Studies
Amanda Gaulke, Economics
Courtney Luedke, Sociology
James Meadows, Educational Policy and Leadership Analysis
Cody Oltmans, Economics
Jesus Renteria, Educational Policy Studies
Eleni Schirmer, Educational Policy Studies
Alex Schmidt, Sociology
Emily Silber, Human Development and Family Studie
Christian Smith, Educational Policy Studies
Jessa Valentine, Sociology
Wendell Venerable, Sociology
Pa Tou Vue, Counseling Psychology