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IDHE Research Advisory Board

IDHE has a research advisory board consisting of higher education and political science researchers.  Some of these board members also serve as IDHE Visiting Scholars.  

IDHE Visiting Scholars work with data from the National Study of Learning, Voting, and Engagement (NSLVE) to generate research that advances IDHE's mission.  This is a term-limited, non-residential appointment. Research advisory board members that also serve as IDHE Visiting Scholars are denoted by an asterisk (*) below:

Cassie Barnhardt
University of Iowa
Assistant Professor

Professor Barnhardt is a professor of education. Her expertise includes campus climate and inclusion, civic engagement, higher education, student activism / campus mobilization, and Student affairs.

Jodi Benenson
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Assistant Professor

Jodi Benenson is an assistant professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her research focuses on the intersection between civic engagement, nonprofit organizations, inequality, and social policy. Previously, Jodi was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University. At Tufts, she worked on several projects in the areas of youth civic engagement, political learning and engagement in higher education, and national service and employment. Her research has been published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas, and the Journal of Public Affairs Education. Jodi received a B.S. and M.P.A. from Indiana University and a Ph.D. in social policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.

Elizabeth Bennion
Indiana University 

Professor Bennion is a professor of political science and teaches American politics, with an emphasis on political behavior. She is the founding director of IUSB’s American Democracy Project and host of WNIT’s live weekly television program Politically Speaking. In these capacities she moderates political discussions, public issue forums, and candidate debates for local, state, and national candidates. Dr. Bennion is co-editor of two books on teaching civic engagement and is the recipient of local, state, and national awards for her teaching and research.

* Frank Fernandez
University of Houston
Assistant Professor

Frank Fernandez is assistant professor of higher education at University of Houston.  He writes about educational policy and legal issues, including topics related to civic engagement, student free speech, and academic freedom.

Bernard L. Fraga
Indiana University
Assistant Professor

Dr. Fraga is an assistant professor of political science at Indiana University. His research interests are in the areas of American electoral politics, race and ethnic politics, and political behavior. Broadly, he studies how social identities and electoral contexts impact individual political behavior.


Eitan Hersh
Tufts University
Associate Professor

Professor Hersh's writing and teaching focuses on American politics. He studies civic participation and the relationship between election rules, strategies, and the behavior of voters. Much of his work utilizes large databases of personal records to study political behavior.

Sunshine Hillygus
Duke University

Professor Hillygus is professor of political science and public policy and director of the Initiative on Survey Methodology at Duke University. Professor Hillygus has published widely on the topics of American political behavior, campaigns and elections, survey methods, public opinion, and information technology and politics. 

John Holbein
Brigham Young University
Assistant Professor

John Holbein was a student affiliate at the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology while he completed a PhD in Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, where he studied education policy, democratic accountability, and civic engagement. He spent the 2016-2017 year as a Postdoc at Princeton University at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics and is currently Assistant Professor at Brigham Young University.


Jillian Kinzie
Associate Director, NSSE
Indiana University

Dr. Jillian Kinzie is Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute, Indiana University School of Education. She conducts research and leads project activities on effective use of student engagement data to improve educational quality, and serves as senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) project. Kinzie earned her PhD from Indiana University in higher education with a minor in women’s studies. Prior to this, she served on the faculty of Indiana University and coordinated the master’s program in higher education and student affairs. She also worked in academic and student affairs at Miami University and Case Western Reserve University.


Bridget Terry Long
Saris Professor of Education and Economics
Harvard Graduate School of Education 

Dr. Long is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work focuses on college student access and choice and the factors that influence students' postsecondary and labor market outcomes.


* Jon McNaughtan
Texas Tech University
Assistant Professor

Jon McNaughtan is an assistant professor at Texas Tech University where his research covers two critical junctures of higher education. First, seeks to understand how leadership practices influence the multiple stakeholders in higher education.  In this vein he has studied presidential communication, employee empowerment, and institutional decision making.  Second, over the past four years he has assisted in the creation of a unique dataset that tracks over one million community college students through the STEM curriculum and also includes key measures of success. Through this line of work he hopes to answer questions regarding the role of community colleges in the production of STEM professionals and provide insight on how community colleges can better support students in these fields. He completed a PhD at the University of Michigan and holds a Masters from Stanford University and a BS from Southern Utah University.


Jacob Montgomery
Washington University in St. Louis
Associate Professor

Jacob Montgomery is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at Washington University in St. Louis.  His research is in the areas of political methodology and American politics, with a special interest in political parties.


Hyun Kyoung Ro
Bowling Green State University
Assistant Professor 

Dr. Hyun Kyoung Ro is an assistant professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs department at Bowling Green State University. Her research interests include studying college student experiences and outcomes, measurement, assessment, and evaluation in higher education, quantitative research methodologies, and science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) education.


Doug Shapiro
Executive Research Director, National Student Clearinghouse 

Dr. Shapiro is the executive research director at the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center. He oversees the center’s reports, strategies, and delivery of its public service mission. He is an expert in the uses of postsecondary student data for academic and policy research, program evaluation, institutional effectiveness, and strategic planning.


Anne Weiss
Ph.D. Candidate, Indiana University (School of Education - Higher Education Administration)
Director of Assessment, Indiana Campus Compact and the IUPUI Office of Community Engagement

Anne's research agenda is focused on asking/answering empirical questions about the public mission of higher education, students' civic learning and development, and the institutionalization of highly engaged teaching and learning practices.