SSN is proud to introduce its inaugural cohort of Postdoctoral Fellows. Each of these Fellows are based at a university in one of the SSN chapters. For the next two years, they will help academics insert research, evidence, and scholarly perspectives into state and national policy debates. The program focuses on building relationships between researchers and policymakers, civic leaders, and journalists to inform and improve the policymaking process.
- Antonio Garcia, University of Pennsylvania
Foster parents and social workers help children in difficult situations, but too often they lack the resources they need. Professor Antonio Garcia describes how this impacts foster children and what a focus on prevention could look like.
- Peter Dorman, Evergreen State College
The amount of climate change and extreme weather events humanity can expect in the future depends on how much carbon accumulates in the global atmosphere over decades and even centuries. To avert catastrophic climate change, Dorman argues that countries need to set overall carbon budget limits, not just aim for reductions to particular targeted rates of emission in particular years.
- Jenni W. Owen, Duke University
How do policymakers sort through all of the information they get? Jenni Owen discusses how she and the office of North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper engage with research, and offers do’s and don’ts for researchers and advocates who want to inform policy.
- Douglas Spencer, University of Connecticut
In the 2013 case Shelby County v. Holder, the Supreme Court held that the process by which states were identified and covered by the pre-clearance statute of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was unconstitutional because it used an outdated formula based on old data. Spencer makes the case for a new formula based on updated data, but that remains grounded in the conditions demanded by the Supreme Court in Shelby County.
- Nicholas Hillman, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Laura W. Perna, University of Pennsylvania
High costs are making college unaffordable, or even impossible, for many Americans. Professor Nicholas Hillman outlines why student loan debt has become such a major issue. Professor Laura Perna highlights a potential solution -- free tuition programs.