Research Program and Outreach Manager

Areas of Expertise: Investing in Single Mothers' Higher Education, Student Parent Success Initiative

Mary Sykes is the Research Program and Outreach Manager at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), where she manages operations of the Research Department, the office of the Vice President and Executive Director, and oversees IWPR’s internship and fellowship program. Additionally, Mary contributes to various research projects at IWPR with particular focus on the Student Parent Success Initiative. She began at IWPR as a Research Intern in 2014.

Mary graduated with her Masters of Arts degree in Sociology with a Concentration in Gender and Public Policy from the Catholic University of America. As a master’s student, Mary presented her cross-national research on women’s participation in STEM with Dr. Sandra Hanson at the 2014 Eastern Sociological Society. Her master’s thesis papers focused on domestic immigration policy, human rights, and social justice.

She graduated with her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from James Madison University (Go Dukes!). Originally from Chesapeake, VA, her favorite things are sweet tea and historical fiction novels.


Child Care for Parents in College: A State-by-State Assessment

Child care is a crucial support for the 4.8 million parents in college, but it is difficult for students to find and afford. Balancing the responsibilities of school, family, and work, student parents with young children rely on affordable, reliable child care arrangements to manage the many demands on their time while pursuing a postsecondary…