Staff

Our committed, passionate staff bring far-reaching, interdisciplinary expertise to a broad range of policy issues all with one common goal: to inform policy, inspire change, and improve the lives of women, families, and communities. IWPR’s staff members have training in economics, sociology, psychology, international development, theology, public policy, and women’s studies, enabling us to utilize multi-disciplinary approaches to research.

Staff Directory

Executive Leadership

C. Nicole Mason, Ph.D.

Position: President & CEO

Recently named one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders by Fortune Magazine, Dr. C. Nicole Mason is the president and chief executive officer of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR). Having stepped into the role in November 2019, Dr. Mason is the youngest person currently leading one of the major inside-the-Beltway think tanks in Washington, D.C., and one of the few women of color to do so. She succeeded noted economist and MacArthur Fellow Heidi Hartmann, the Institute’s founding CEO.

As one of the nation’s foremost intersectional researchers and scholars, Dr. C. Nicole Mason brings a fresh perspective and a wealth of experience to the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. For the past two decades, Dr. Mason has spearheaded research on issues relating to economic security, poverty, women’s issues, and entitlement reforms; policy formation and political participation among women, communities of color; and racial equity. Prior to IWPR, Dr. Mason was the executive director of the Women of Color Policy Network at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, the nation’s only research and policy center focused on women of color at a nationally ranked school of public administration. She is also an inaugural Ascend Fellow at the Aspen Institute in Washington, D.C.

At the start of the pandemic, she coined the term she-cession to describe the disproportionate impact of the employment and income losses on women. Dr. Mason is the author of Born Bright: A Young Girl’s Journey from Nothing to Something in America (St. Martin’s Press) and has written hundreds of articles on women, poverty, and economic security. Her writing and commentary have been featured in the New York Times, MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS, the Washington Post, Marie Claire, the Progressive, ESSENCE, Bustle, BIG THINK, Miami Herald, Democracy Now, and numerous NPR affiliates, among others.

President & CEO

Cynthia Hess, Ph.D.

Position: Chief Operating Officer

Cynthia Hess is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at IWPR and Scholar in Residence at American University. In her role as COO, Cynthia oversees the operations of the Institute while working with program staff to support the execution of research and other projects. As COO, Cynthia serves as a member of the executive leadership team within the organization and works closely with the President and staff to develop and implement organizational systems and processes to maximize efficiency and support future growth.

Prior to her position as COO, Cynthia served as Associate Director of Research, directing IWPR’s research on numerous issues including projects on intimate partner violence, workforce development, and women’s leadership and activism. Under her tenure, IWPR expanded its longstanding Status of Women in States project and launched an accompanying website, statusofwomendata.org. Cynthia has been quoted in a number of media outlets including The Washington Post, Fortune, Governing magazine and, The Boston Globe.

Before joining the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Dr. Hess taught for two years as a visiting faculty member in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. She received her Ph.D. in Theology from Yale University and her A.B. from Davidson College.

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Chief Operating Officer

Office of the President

Erin Weber, M.P.A.

Position: Manager, Office of the President and Board Liaison
During her graduate studies, Erin worked as a campaign assistant for international advocacy coalition groups. After moving to D.C, she served her AmeriCorps year at a D.C. public school before joining the U.S. Public Interest Research Group’s New Economy Program as the Communications Director and Campaigns Associate. At U.S. PIRG, she coordinated state and federal advocacy campaigns that sought to redefine traditional definitions of work and provide basic needs to low income individuals.
Erin received her B.A. in politics from New York University and her M.P.A from NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School for Public Service.

Erin Weber, M.P.A.

During her graduate studies, Erin worked as a campaign assistant for international...

Manager, Office of the President and Board Liaison

Operations

Karen Scott

Karen Scott is the Associate Director of Human Capital and...

Associate Director of Human Capital and Operations
Administrative and Operations Specialist

Research

Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D.

Position: President Emerita and Senior Research Economist

Heidi Hartmann is the President Emerita and Senior Research Economist at the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a scientific research organization that she founded in 1987 to meet the need for women-centered, policy-oriented research. Dr. Hartmann is also a Distinguished Economist In-Residence for Gender and Economic Analysis at American University and serves as the Editor of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.

Dr. Hartmann lectures internationally on women, economics, and public policy; frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress; and is often cited as an authority in various media outlets, such as CNN, ABC News, The New York Times, and PBS NewsHour. She has published numerous articles in journals and books and her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She is a co-author of several IWPR reports, including Women’s and Men’s Employment and Unemployment in the Great Recession; Still A Man’s Labor Market: The Long-Term Earnings Gap; Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans of the Lack of Family and Medical Leave; Equal Pay for Working Families, and Strengthening Social Security for Women. She served as Chair of the Board of the American Academy of Political Science, and Treasurer of the National Council of Women’s Organizations.

Prior to founding IWPR, Dr. Hartmann was on the faculties of Rutgers University and the New School for Social Research and worked at the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In 1994, Dr. Hartmann was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship Award for her work in the field of women and economics. She is an economist with a B.A. from Swarthmore College and M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University, all in economics. She is the recipient of two honorary degrees. She was named a Charlotte Perkins Gilman Fellow by the American Academy of Political and Social Science in 2014, and in 2017 she received the Distinguished Career Award from the American Sociological Association.

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Heidi Hartmann, Ph.D.

Heidi Hartmann is the President Emerita and Senior Research Economist...

President Emerita and Senior Research Economist

Jeff Hayes, Ph.D.

Position: Program Director, Job Quality and Income Security

Jeff Hayes is a sociologist and Scholar in Residence at American University and works on research examining women’s and men’s employment, job quality, and economic security over the life course, including retirement. He currently oversees IWPR’s work analyzing usage and cost of paid family and medical leave in the United States and provides technical assistance to several states and localities considering how they might improve workers’ access to paid leave for their own health needs or to care for family members. Dr. Hayes has been interviewed on paid leave, income security, and job quality issues in The Washington Post, MarketWatch, Huffington Post, CNN Money, CNBC, and other outlets around the country.

Dr. Hayes has testified on the costs of paid leave proposals before the New York City Council, the DC city council, and the Maryland House Economic Matters committee. He is currently serving on the Maryland Task Force to Study Family and Medical Leave Insurance. He served on the Commission to Modernize Social Security and has provided technical assistance to members of the US Congress on including credits for caregiving in Social Security. Dr. Hayes is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. As an experienced survey researcher, Dr. Hayes advises on IWPR’s survey work and conducts major surveys such as the IWPR/Rockefeller Survey of Economic Security.

Prior to joining IWPR, Dr. Hayes worked at the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Harvard Project on Global Working Families, analyzing how labor conditions affect children’s health and development around the world, and taught research methods at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.

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Jeff Hayes, Ph.D.

Jeff Hayes is a sociologist and Scholar in Residence at...

Program Director, Job Quality and Income Security

Job Quality and Income Security

Chuxuan Sun

Position: Research Fellow

Prior to her work with IWPR, Chuxuan was employed as a quantitative research intern at Research for Action, an independent education research organization in Philadelphia. Her research primarily focuses on applying quantitative policy analysis to education policy and gender inequalities in the marketplace. She received a master’s degree in public administration from the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania in 2020. Her work with Professor Lauren Russell, analyzing the effects of state level policies regarding childcare center closures or class sizes limitations on women’s labor market outcomes during the Covid-19 pandemic, was accepted for panel presentation the 2021 the Society of Labor Economics conference.

 

Chuxuan Sun

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Research Fellow

Shengwei Sun, Ph.D.

Position: Senior Research Associate

Shengwei Sun is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Before joining IWPR, Shengwei was a postdoctoral fellow at the Washington University in St. Louis, where she studied the prevalence and gendered consequences of pay secrecy practices in the contemporary workplace. Shengwei’s research generally seeks to understand how workplace policy and labor market contexts shape gender, race, and class inequalities. Her dissertation examines the intersecting inequalities in the expanding paid care work sector. One chapter, published in the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, examines changing patterns of racial disparity in accessing well-paying jobs in the care work sector as the labor market becomes more precarious and unequal. Another line of her research investigates the consequences of economic downturns for young adults in the U.S.

At IWPR, Shengwei will contribute to projects in the areas of Job Quality & Income Security. She seeks to develop research on how to promote inclusive and equitable growth of the care work sector, as well as how to improve labor market outcomes for young workers.

Shengwei received her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Maryland, College Park. She has taught undergraduate statistics at the Washington University.

Shengwei Sun, Ph.D.

Shengwei Sun is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute...

Senior Research Associate

Employment and Earnings

Ariane Hegewisch, M.Phil.

Position: Program Director, Employment and Earnings

Ariane Hegewisch is Program Director of Employment and Earnings at IWPR and Scholar in Residence at American University; prior to that she spent two years at IWPR as a scholar-in-residence. She came to IWPR from the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings. She is responsible for IWPR’s research on workplace discrimination and is a specialist in comparative human resource management, with a focus on policies and legislative approaches to facilitate greater work life reconciliation and gender equality, in the US and internationally. Prior to coming to the USA she taught comparative European human resource management at Cranfield School of Management in the UK where she was a founding researcher of the Cranet Survey of International HRM, the largest independent survey of human resource management policies and practices, covering 25 countries worldwide. She started her career  in local economic development, developing strategies for greater gender equality in employment and training in  local government in the UK. She has published many papers and articles and co-edited several books, including ‘Women, work and inequality: The challenge of equal pay in a deregulated labour market”. She is German and has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MPhil in Development Studies from the IDS, Sussex.

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Ariane Hegewisch, M.Phil.

Ariane Hegewisch is Program Director of Employment and Earnings at...

Program Director, Employment and Earnings

Chandra Childers, Ph.D.

Position: Study Director

Chandra Childers is a Study Director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. An expert on social stratification and social and economic inequality by race and sex, Chandra examines issues related to women and girls of color and job quality.

In addition to being cited in the press, including The Nation and The Atlantic, Chandra has given presentations on the findings of IWPR research reports at various policy conferences.

Before joining IWPR Chandra taught multiple undergraduate courses in Sociology at Texas Tech University and the University of Washington. Courses taught include Social Problems, Poverty & Inequality, and Research Practicum. Chandra completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Washington. Her dissertation examined trends in racial occupational segregation by sex.

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Chandra Childers, Ph.D.

Chandra Childers is a Study Director at the Institute for...

Study Director
Eve Mefferd

Eve Mefferd

Position: Research Assistant

Eve Mefferd is a Research Assistant for Employment and Earnings at IWPR.

Eve served as an Intern at IWPR in 2019, during which time she assisted in the production of IWPR’s report, “Women, Automation, and the Future of Work.” Prior to her work with IWPR, Eve was employed as a Research Assistant at Bennington College. Her work with Deborah M. Warnock, focusing on the predictors of belonging and integration of first generation, low-income, and working class college students, was accepted for panel presentation at the 2020 American Sociological Association conference. Eve was also sponsored by the Lumina Foundation for a project on work integrated learning in higher education.

Eve received her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Public Policy from Bennington College, with a focus on socioeconomic class, housing, and educational policy. She has also received a certificate in Public Policy Analysis from the London School of Economics. Her senior thesis, a qualitative and quantitative analysis of the impact of gentrification on educational outcomes in Los Angeles, was selected for presentation at the 2020 ASA Student Forum. Eve served as President of the Student Educational Policies Committee at Bennington College, and is a 2020 American Sociological Association honors recipient.

Eve Mefferd

Eve Mefferd

Eve Mefferd is a Research Assistant for Employment and Earnings...

Research Assistant

Acadia Hall

Position: Economic Security, Mobility, & Equity Summer Intern

Acadia Hall is a summer intern at IWPR through the Peter G. Peterson Foundation’s Fiscal Internship Program. She is a rising senior at the University of Pittsburgh where she studies mathematics and economics. Previously, Acadia has worked as a lab aide and research assistant for the Pittsburgh Experimental Economics Laboratory as a recipient of the Harvey Cohen Undergraduate Research Prize. She has also served as an environmental economics research assistant at the University of Pittsburgh where she focused on research exploring the impacts of air pollution on different communities around the world. Acadia is passionate about using economics research to study policies that impact women and minorities and is additionally interested in experimental economics and computer science.

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Economic Security, Mobility, & Equity Summer Intern

Student Parent Success Initiative

Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, M.A.

Position: Managing Director

Lindsey Reichlin is a Study Director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Lindsey manages IWPR’s grant-funded projects under the Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI), which promotes access to and success in college for women who are parents of dependent children. She also contributes to IWPR’s research on global women’s issues, including conducting case studies for a study funded by the International Finance Corporation on private sector provision of child care supports.

Lindsey has presented IWPR research at numerous events and conferences, including serving as a panelist on private sector strategies to promote work-family balance at UNDP’s Third Global Forum on Business for Gender Equality in Panama City. An expert on access to postsecondary education, Lindsey has been quoted in several outlets including The Washington Post, the National Journal, and Market Watch.

Prior to joining IWPR, Lindsey held positions at the Aspen Institute’s Global Leaders Council for Reproductive Health and at Global Policy Solutions in Washington, D.C. Lindsey has a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, where she studied human rights, and a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles.

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Managing Director

Susana Contreras-Mendez, M.A.

Position: Research Associate

Susana Contreras-Mendez is a Research Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), working on student parent success and other postsecondary education issues as part of IWPR’s Center on Equity in Higher Education. Susana came to IWPR with expertise in increasing equitable access, opportunities and success in early and postsecondary education.

Prior to joining IWPR, Susana was a Policy Intern at Lumina Foundation’s Washington, DC, office where she supported efforts to increase the attainment of high-quality credentials and postsecondary education. During graduate school, Susana worked to support the recruitment of diverse graduate students through Minority Serving Institutional partnership initiatives and the Summer Research Opportunity Program. For over three years, Susana was a program specialist at Denise Louie Education Center, a Head Start and Early Head Start program in Seattle, WA. As a former Head Start child, first-generation college student, and McNair Scholar she has first-hand knowledge on the impact of educational inequities and the benefits of a postsecondary education.

Susana holds a Master of Higher Education with a concentration in Diversity and Social Justice from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s dual degree from the University of Washington in Sociology and American Ethnic Studies with a minor in Education, Learning and Society.

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Research Associate

Chaunté White, Ph.D.

Position: Senior Research Associate

Chaunté White is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, working with the Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI). At IWPR, Chaunté will contribute to research and policy analysis focused on higher education access, success, and educational attainment for students with children.

Prior to joining IWPR, Chaunté was a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies in the College of Education at the University of Houston. Her research interests are broadly centered around the study of racial and gender equity issues, educational policy, and organizational leadership. She uses multiple methods to examine various topics related to educational attainment, particularly among Black student populations, as well as how policies at institutional, state, and federal levels affect education-related outcomes. Her dissertation examined the policy development processes of campus leaders who implemented a 15 to Finish modeled student success initiative and the impact of the program on Black student degree completion.

She earned her PhD from the University of Houston’s Higher Education Leadership Policy Studies Program. She holds a masters degree in Higher Education Leadership from the University of Texas at Arlington and a bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.

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Senior Research Associate

Felicity Hector-Bruder

Position: Student Parent Success Initiative Summer Intern

Felicity Hector-Bruder is a Research intern with the Student Parent Success Initiative (SPSI). Felicity is currently in her junior year at American University, studying Data Science for Political Science in the Honors Program. Prior to joining IWPR, she was a Policy & Advocacy Intern with Generation Hope, where she researched the main hurdles facing student parents. After graduation she hopes to continue policy work and pursue an MPA or PhD. On campus she is on the Mock Trial team and writes for the Law Journal.

 

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Student Parent Success Initiative Summer Intern

Development

Ryan Koch, M.S.

Position: Senior Director of Grants and Contracts

Ryan Koch joined IWPR in 2007 as the Development Director. He earned his MS in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin and as an undergraduate at Virginia Tech he majored in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. His area of study and interest has been and remains focused on issues of race, class and gender. Ryan comes to the IWPR after several years successfully writing grant proposals for the City of Memphis Division of Housing and Community Development and the Memphis Housing Authority. He spent most of his time working with the Housing Authority’s Humans Services programs and the City’s homeless Continuum of Care. Ryan is responsible for ensuring the Development Department runs smoothly and is excited about helping IWPR identify new funding opportunities and expanding its support.

Ryan Koch, M.S.

Ryan Koch joined IWPR in 2007 as the Development Director....

Senior Director of Grants and Contracts

External Affairs and Communications

Jodi Narde

Position: Director of Content and Publications

Jodi Narde is the Director of Content and Publications at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. In this role, she oversees the digital and print publications pipeline, stewarding products to final launch. She also provides close editorial and writing support to IWPR’s research team.

Prior to IWPR, Jodi led strategic communications at the Aga Khan Foundation USA, where she oversaw a robust portfolio of communications and spearheaded engagement campaigns to promote AKF’s work in Africa and Asia. During her time at AKF, she sharpened the organization’s brand voice, established key messaging and editorial style guidelines, and trained staff on inclusive storytelling.

Jodi also brings over eight years of experience in academic publishing. She served as a freelance copyeditor; directed the digital marketing program at New York University Press; and worked as an assistant editor at Oxford University Press.

Jodi holds a Master of Public Administration degree in international policy from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

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Director of Content and Publications

Zahra Crim

Position: Communications Intern

Zahra Crim is the Communications Intern at the Institute of Women’s Policy Research.

Previously, Zahra was a podcast intern for StoryCorps and A/V Intern for Asian American Writers’ Workshop. They were also a member of Celebrating the African Spirit, a Poughkeepsie-based nonprofit that prioritizes the history and legacy of Black citizens while uncovering the Hudson Valley’s involvement in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. Zahra uses these experiences to unravel and share the narratives of marginalized and underrepresented communities, one conversation at a time.

Zahra received their Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in International Studies, with concentrations in Sociology and English. They were an active member of various ALANA (Asian, LatinX, African American/Black, Native American) organizations for all four years at Vassar and was a member of the Women’s Track and Field team.

Zahra Crim

Zahra Crim is the Communications Intern at the Institute of...

Communications Intern

Research and Action Hub

Sarah Gao

Position: Research Intern

Sarah Gao is Research & Policy intern with the Status of Women in the States team. She is currently an MPH student at the University of Michigan with a focus in social epidemiology. Sarah also works at the Sterilization and Social Justice Lab, where she conducts quantitative analysis on patterns of eugenics and sterilization in the 20th century. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts from Rice University with a double major in History and the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

 

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Research Intern

Elyse Shaw, M.A.

Position: Study Director

Elyse Shaw is a Study Director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Elyse directs IWPR’s projects on the Status of Women in the United States, women’s political participation, and those related to women and girls of color, which examines the intersectional nature of race and gender on women’s lives.

Elyse also works extensively on workforce development and job training initiatives and contributes to IWPR’s research on global women’s issues, including providing technical assistance to the United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization on the establishment of a gender policy institute in Palestine. Elyse has presented IWPR research on numerous webinars, panels, and to visiting international thought leaders and has provided commentary on a broad range of research topics. She has been quoted in several local and national outlets including The Washington Post and Public Radio International. She authored or co-authored several publications, including Assets for Equity: Building Wealth for Women in Central Ohio; Sexual Harassment and Assault at Work: Understanding the Costs; Closing the Gender Gap in Patenting, Innovation, and Commercialization: Programs Promoting Equity and Inclusion; and Undervalued and Underpaid in America: Women in Low-Wage, Female-Dominated Jobs.

Prior to joining IWPR in August of 2012, Elyse received her Masters of International Relations from American University’s School of International Service, where she studied peace and conflict. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College.

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Elyse Shaw, M.A.

Elyse Shaw is a Study Director at the Institute for...

Study Director

Federiga Bindi, Ph.D.

Position: Senior Fellow, Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative

Dr. Federiga Bindi is a new Senior Fellow at IWPR. She is also a tenured Professor of Political Science and Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, where she founded and directed the “Jean Monnet EU Center of Excellence” (2004-2012). She is also a Non Resident Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations. Professor Bindi, who has a PhD from the European University Institute, has been a Visiting Fellow in a number of prestigious international institutions, among which the Brookings Institution, the Institute d’Études Politiques in Paris, the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, the University of Lisbon and the Université Libre de Bruxelles. Professor Bindi served in a number of senior positions in government, among which Senior Advisor to the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs (2008-2011); Acting Director of International Affairs and Director of International Training of the Italian National School of Administration (2010-2012) and Director of the Italian Cultural Institute in Brussels (2012-2014). She published seven volumes, among which The Foreign Policy of the European Union: Assessing Europe’s Role in the World (2010 & 2012); The Frontiers of Europe: A Transatlantic Problem? (2011); Italy and the EU (2011), Analyzing European Union Politics (2012).

Federiga is currently editing a book Women Leaders in Foreign Policy for Brookings Press.

At IWPR, Federiga directs the Foreign Policy Initiative promoting women leadership in foreign policy and a feminist foreign policy. The project, which is financially supported by the European Commission, follows a previous initiative Federiga created in Brussels, Women Leaders in International Relations. She also leads the THE STATE OF WOMEN: Mapping Women Leadership in the World project, with support from the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union.

Publications:

Women are mysteriously missing from D.C. think tanks’ foreign policy panels. Here’s the data.

Cracks in the IR Glass: The Evolving Relationship Between International Relations & Gender Equality

The End of the Pantsuit Nation and the Force of Subliminal Messages

Harassment in the Workplace: Why the US and the EU Must Act 

Women Leaders in (EU) Foreign Policy: will Mrs Be Better than Lady? 

Women Leaders in Foreign Policy: When Federica Mogherini Found Her Voice

Female Leaders in Misogynous Foreign Policy: An Example to Follow 

The State of Women in Post-Berlusconi Italy

Missing in Action: The Absence of Women Scholars on Foreign Policy Panels

Federiga Bindi, Ph.D.

Dr. Federiga Bindi is a new Senior Fellow at IWPR. She...

Senior Fellow, Director of the Foreign Policy Initiative

Program on Race, Gender, Ethnicity, & Economy

Chelsea Crittle, Ph.D.

Position: Senior Research and Policy Associate, Special Initiatives

Chelsea Crittle is a Senior Research and Policy Associate, Special Initiatives at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. At IWPR, Chelsea will contribute to projects in the areas of Race, Ethnicity, Gender and the Economy and the Research and Action Hub.

Prior to joining IWPR, Chelsea was an American Evaluation Association Graduate Education Diversity Intern (GEDI) at the Center of Creative Leadership. There, she supported initiatives to assess, evaluate, and improve equity, diversity, and inclusion throughout the organization. In graduate school, Chelsea’s research examined racial and gender bias, diversity and inclusion, allyship, and bias confrontation. Her dissertation explored ways to address racial exclusion within collegiate STEM classrooms. Chelsea has also served as the Dalmas Taylor Policy fellow for the Society for the Psychological Study of Social issues and worked as a policy fellow for the Research-to-Policy Collaboration.

Chelsea earned her Doctor of Philosophy and Master of Science in Social Psychology from Tufts University,  as well as a Bachelor‘s in Psychology with a minor in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College.

Chelsea Crittle, Ph.D.

Chelsea Crittle is a Senior Research and Policy Associate, Special...

Senior Research and Policy Associate, Special Initiatives

Alexis Jade Ferguson

Position: Research & Policy Intern

Alexis Jade Ferguson (they/she) is a Research & Policy Intern in the Program on Race, Gender, Ethnicity, & Economy. Jade is currently in their junior year at Georgetown University majoring in Culture and Politics with a focus on Racial and Gender Equity. After graduation, they plan to pursue an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice and later, study civil rights law.  They were an organizing intern at D.C. Jobs With Justice, where they focused on sexual harassment in the workplace and wage theft. Jade currently assists Collective Action for Safe Spaces with facilitating transformative justice dialogues and is a proud member of Anakbayan DC.

Alexis Jade Ferguson

Alexis Jade Ferguson (they/she) is a Research & Policy Intern...

Research & Policy Intern

Center on the Economics of Reproductive Health

IWPR Fellows

Halie Mariano

Position: Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow

Halie Mariano is the 2020-2021 Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. 

Prior to her time at IWPR, Halie served as a qualitative research assistant on a health inequality project sponsored by the Russell Sage Foundation within Bucknell University’s Sociology department. This research focuses on linking electronic health records and in-depth interviews to uncover barriers to social mobility and health for women. Halie also conducted independent research comparing data on respondents’ religious denomination and their opinions on government spending using General Social Survey (GSS) data. 

Halie received her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with an additional major in Anthropology from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. During her time at Bucknell, Halie was a four year letterwinner on the softball team and represented the student-athletes of the Patriot League on the Division I National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

Halie Mariano

Halie Mariano is the 2020-2021 Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow at the...

Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow