Education

Sally Nuamah

Sally Nuamah

Joint Postdoctoral Fellow, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University
WAPPP Fellow

Sally Nuamah's research research interests sit at the intersections of gender, education, and politics. Her work focuses on the experiences of girls in non-elite school settings across the U.S and Africa.

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2016 Sep 29

Paradoxes in Transformations in Higher Education: Comparative EU-US Perspectives

11:40am to 1:00pm

Location: 

WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102

Kathrin Zippel, WAPPP AY16 Fellow; Associate Professor of Sociology, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Northeastern University

The global restructuring of research and innovation systems in higher education over the past decades have transformed and reconfigured power. They have brought challenges but also opportunities for identifying and eliminating gender inequalities in the cultures and structures of universities. In this seminar, Kathrin Zippel explores the paradoxical relationship between gender equality approaches and corporate-style management...

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2016 Sep 01

WAPPP Open House

11:30am to 1:00pm

Location: 

WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102

Please join us to learn about the Women and Public Policy Program and our work of creating and sharing knowledge that helps close gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health, and education. We will discuss our initiatives, fellowship stipends, and other student opportunities. 

Lunch will be provided. 

RSVP not required.

Kathrin Zippel

Kathrin Zippel

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Northeastern University
WAPPP Fellow

Kathrin Zippel's research analyzes gender and mobility in global science. Her work focuses on the European Union, sexual harassment politics, and the long-term effects of parental leave policies in Germany and the United States.

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Unkovic, Cait, Maya Sen, and Kevin M Quinn. “Does Encouragement Matter in Improving Gender Imbalances in Technical Fields? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial”. HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series (2015). Web. Publisher's VersionAbstract

Education policy research looking at gender imbalances in technical fields often relies on observational data or small N experimental studies. Taking a different approach, we present the results of one of the first and largest randomized controlled trials on the topic. Using the 2014 Political Methodology Annual Meeting as our context, half of a pool of 3,945 political science graduate students were randomly assigned to receive two personalized emails encouraging them to apply to the conference (n = 1,976), while the other half received nothing (n = 1,969). We find a robust, positive effect associated with this simple intervention and suggestive evidence that women respond more strongly than men. However, we find that women's conference acceptance rates are higher within the control group than in the treated group. This is not the case for men. The reason appears to be that female applicants in the treated group solicited supporting letters at lower rates. The contributions from this research are twofold. First, our findings are among the first large-scale randomized controlled interventions in higher education. Second, and less optimistically, our findings suggest that such "low dose" interventions may promote diversity in STEM fields, but that they have the potential to expose underlying disparities when used alone or in a non-targeted way.

2015 Sep 10

Women and Public Policy Program Open House

4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

WAPPP Cason Seminar Room, Taubman 102

Please join us to learn about the Women and Public Policy Program and our work of creating and sharing knowledge that helps close gender gaps in economic opportunity, political participation, health, and education. We will discuss our initiatives, fellowship stipends, and other student opportunities.  

Refreshments will be provided.  

RSVP not required.

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