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Institute for Democracy & Higher Education

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.

 

Elizabeth Bennion
Indiana University 
Professor

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.

 

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

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.

 

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 Kyong 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.