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Ph.D. The Graduate School—University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, expected 2021.
M.A. The Graduate School—University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois.
Master of the Arts in Political Science, 2016-2018.
M.A. The Graduate School—University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Master of the Arts in Higher Education and Public Policy, 2012-2013.
B.A. Colgate University, Hamilton, New York. Bachelor of Arts in Political
Science and Education, Magna Cum Laude, 2007-2011.
Graduate Honors & Fellowships
APSA Minority Fellowship, American Political Association, January 2017
Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, March 2016
Urban Doctoral Fellowship, University of Chicago, May 2016- May 2017
Research Fellowship, University of Michigan, August 2013- December 2013
Rackham Merit Fellowship, University of Michigan, August 2012- December 2013
Michener, J. & Brower, Margaret T (2020). Race, Gender and Economic Inequality in the United States: A Policy Centered Approach. Daedalus, [forthcoming].
Thomas, N., & Brower, Margaret T (2018). Conceptualizing and assessing campus climates for political learning and engagement in democracy. Journal of College and Character, 19(4), 247-263.
Thomas, N. & Brower, Margaret T (2017). Politics 365: Fostering Campus Climates for Student Political Learning and Engagement: Teaching Civic Engagement across the Disciplines in the Twenty-First Century. Edited by McCartney, Bennion, Matto & Simpson.
Thomas, N & Brower, Margaret T (2017). The Politically Engaged Classroom: Teaching Civic Engagement across the Disciplines in the Twenty-First Century. Edited by McCartney, Bennion, Matto & Simpson.
Thomas, N. & Brower, Margaret T, and Benenson, J (2016). Political Citizenship: Whether and why college students vote: Why Don’t Americans Vote? Causes and Consequences. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara California.
Academic Magazine Articles
Thomas, N., & Brower, Margaret T (2018). Promising Practices to Facilitate Politically Robust Campus Climates. Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, 50(6), 24-29.
Brower, Margaret T & Jodi Benenson (2015). Practicing Democracy in the Classroom: Equalizing Opportunities to Engage with Public Policies and Issues. Diversity & Democracy, (2) 19.
Brower, Margaret T (2019). “Chicago’s Racial Economy” in Race & Place: Young Adults and the Future of Chicago. GenForward at the University of Chicago, 30-51.
Brower, Margaret T (2019). “Political Inequalities and Reimagining Democracy” in Race & Place: Young Adults and the Future of Chicago. GenForward at the University of Chicago, 30-51.
Thomas, Nancy, Margaret T. Brower, Ishara Casellas Connors, Adam Gismondi, and Kyle Upchurch (2017). Election Imperatives: 10 Recommendations to Increase College Student Voting and Improve Political Learning and Engagement in Democracy. The Institute for Democracy and Higher Education.
Thomas, Nancy and Margaret T. Brower (2016). Why Elections Matter and What You Can do Now. The Institute for Democracy and Higher Education Research Report.
Cathy Cohen, Margaret T. Brower and David Knight on WBEZ Radio (January 2019), “A Third of city young adults want to leave Chicago,” https://www.wbez.org/shows/morning-shift/study-finds-a-third-of-citys-young-adults-want-to-leave-chicago/6b90d86c-7590-451f-9941-0a3410750e45
Margaret T. Brower on WGN TV, “Attention Chicago Mayoral Candidates are you listening to millennials?” (March 2019) https://wgntv.com/2019/03/07/attention-chicago-mayoral-candidates-are-you-listening-to-millennials/
Margaret T. Brower on Kiss FM Chicago, “What do Millennials and Young adults think about the future of Chicago?” (April 2019) https://1035kissfm.iheart.com/featured/paulina/content/2019-04-01-what-do-millennials-and-young-adults-think-about-the-future-of-chicago/
Margaret T. Brower & David Knight on WCIU “Black Millennial Migration” (May 2019) https://www.wciu.com/videos/thejam/black-millennial-migration
Margaret T. Brower on WGN Radio “Chicago Millennial Attitudes” (May 2019) https://wgnradio.com/2019/05/19/brian-noonan-show-chicago-millennial-attitudes-at-the-breweries/
2019—Reframing Women’s Issues: Intersectional Frames & Policy Agendas. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C.
2018—Political Power in an Unequal City: Young Adulthood and the Politics of Race, Gender, and Place. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
2017—Voting Behaviors of First-Time College Student Voters by Race & Gender. American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
2016—Supporting Data-Driven Student Political Learning and Engagement during and after an Election Season. Northeast Political Science Association, Boston, MA.
2016—Elections and Political Learning in Higher Education: Establishing New Political Learning and Engagement Opportunities in an Unequal Society. Frontiers of Democracy conference, Boston, MA.
2015—Engagement in democracy: institutional cultures of decision-making. Association for the Study of Higher Education conference, Denver CO.
2015—Institutional Climate for Political Learning and Engagement: a New Framework and a Qualitative Inquiry. Association for the Study of Higher Education conference, Denver CO.
2015—Political Justice and Cultural Diversity: the Student Activism Narrative. The Annual Diversity Challenge Conference on Race, Culture and Social Justice, Boston, MA.
2014—Research and promising practices for student political engagement. NASPA Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement conference, Miami FL.
Invited Lectures & Presentations
Invited Presenter, Urban League of Chicago, Chicago, April 2019
Presented “Race and Place: Young Adults and the Future of Chicago” to the staff
Invited Presenter, University of Illinois Chicago, Chicago, April 2019
Presented “Race and Place: Young Adults and the Future of Chicago” to students and faculty at UIC
Invited Presenter, Oakland University, Michigan, April 2018
Presented “Hidden Inequalities: Modern Sexism and the Academy” to 250 participants at the Diversity and Inclusion Conference
Guest Lecturer, University of Massachusetts Boston, Boston,April 2015
Invited to teach a class on social movements, political engagement, & historical activism
Funding & Grants
Minority Fellowship Grant, American Political Science Association, July 2019 ($400)
UChicago Graduate Council Travel Fund, University of Chicago, July 2018 ($600)
Latino Caucus Travel Grant, American Political Science Association, May 2018 ($500)
Conference Funding Award, American Political Science Association, May 2018 & May 2019 ($400)
First Generation Scholar Professional Travel Award, American Political Science Association, October 2017, ($250)
Conference Funding Award, University of Chicago Urban Network, September 2016, ($750)
Women and Politics Grant, Centennial Center for Political Science, August 2019 ($2500)
Mellon Foundation Summer Funding Award, University of Chicago, August 2019, ($6000)
TESS Short Study Funding, Time-Sharing Experiments for Social Sciences (TESS), August 2018, ($8500)
Global Graduate Internship Summer Funding Award, University of Chicago, May 2017, ($4000)
Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture Research Grant, with Cathy Cohen & David Knight, University of Chicago, May 2017, ($10000)
Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture Research Grant, University of Chicago, May 2017 & May 2018 ($3100)
Rackham Summer Research Award, University of Michigan, July 2013 ($2500)
Graduate Researcher, GenForward, University of Chicago, September 2016-present
Co-Principle Investigator for a qualitative research project on how diverse young adults in Chicago perceive and respond to inequality in Chicago and how place-based opportunity structures shape young adults’ sense of agency and possibility; 200 interviews were collected.
Researcher, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University, Jan 2014-Aug 2016
Lead the qualitative research team (6 members); included designing and conducting qualitative studies on political engagement in democracy; also investigated non-statutory barriers preventing students from participating in the voting process; included over 500 research participants.
Administrator, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University, Jan 2013-2014
Worked to establish the National Study for Learning, Voting and Engagement (NSLVE) dataset; this research database resulted from merging student enrollment records with publicly available voting rates to create a research dataset of college student voting representing over 11 million students
Graduate Researcher, National Forum, University of Michigan, Sept 2012-Dec 2013
Produced case studies using qualitative methods and shared with administrative leaders and national organizations to provide institutional support for undocumented students.
Worked in partnership with Focus HOPE on a project utilizing Community-Based Participatory Action Research (PAR) to facilitate focus groups on urban politics and community policy interests
Lead the Loan Repayment Assistance Program (LRAP) mixed-method research study that examined the relationship between student choice and the cost of higher education
Teaching Assistant, University of Chicago, Chicago, 2017-present
African American Politics, 2019 (undergraduate course)
Race and Politics, 2018 (undergraduate course)
Introduction to American Politics, 2017 (undergraduate course)
Undergraduate Research Advising, University of Chicago, Chicago, 2017-present
Designed and developed a research two-quarter course curriculum for undergraduates pursuing an honor’s thesis
Personally advises 8-10 undergraduate students a year on their honors theses in Political Science
University & Public Service
American Politics Workshop Coordinator, University of Chicago, 2018-present
Hiring Committee Member, Race & Politics Faculty Search Committee, 2018-2019
Board Member, Sexual Misconduct Advisory Board, University of Chicago, 2018-present
Member, Advocacy Council, Women’s Employed, Chicago, 2018-present
Member, UChicago Political Science Association, University of Chicago, 2017-2018
Research Software Skills
NVivo (advanced), Dedoose (advanced), STATA (advanced), R (intermediate), QGIS (basic)