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Principal investigator

Dr. Ross J. Benbow is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. With a background in political science, international education and development, and comparative analysis, Dr. Benbow earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies. He specializes in ethnographic, social network, and mixed method approaches to research, and as an analyst, consultant, teacher, and writer has shared his work in books—including the co-authored Beyond the Skills Gap (2016), winner of the AAC&U Frederic W. Ness Book Award—as well as the Harvard Education Review, Higher Education, Change, and the Journal of Diversity in Higher Education. Dr. Benbow’s current research focuses on relationships among teaching and learning, public policy, and social and cultural transitions in domestic and international educational contexts, with a particular interest in patterns of inequity in colleges and universities.

You-Geon Lee, PhD,


Co-Principal investigator

Dr. You-Geon Lee is a researcher with the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Dr. Lee earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Department of Educational Policy Studies with a specialization in sociology of education, and has specialized in the study and development of evidence-based approaches to promote research innovation and address educational disparities. His research has a specific emphasis on improving undergraduate and graduate education in STEM and STEMM workforce by addressing gender, racial, and socioeconomic inequity. Dr. Lee is also examining grant critiques within the National Institutes of Health to detect potential gender or racial stereotype bias in the grant peer review process. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation and can be found in publications including the Review of Higher EducationAcademic Medicine, the Journal of Women’s Health, and CBE-Life Science Education. Dr. Lee served as an Armed Forces Information and Education Officer in the Republic of Korea Army from 1999 to 2002.

Matthew T. Hora, PhD


Co-Principal investigator

Dr. Matthew T. Hora is an Assistant Professor of Adult and Higher Education in the Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Director of the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. Dr. Hora’s inter-disciplinary work on active learning, organizational change, college internships, and the nature of “soft” or “non-cognitive” skills has brought a cultural and critical perspective to debates on two issues that are dominating the higher education landscape around the world: instructional reform and student employability. Dr. Hora’s research program is supported by the National Science Foundation and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and is found in publications including the Journal of the Learning Sciences, the American Educational Research Journal, Science Education, and the Journal of Higher Education.
Xin Xie


Graduate Assistant

Xin Xie is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Ms. Xie holds a dual Master’s degree in Language and Literacy Education (LLE) and Statistics, Measurement, Assessment, and Research Technology (SMART) from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on mixed-method education program evaluation, education equity, teacher labor markets, and organizational disparities.
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