CURRICULUM VITAE 

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Education      

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 FellowshipAmerican Political Association, January 2017

  •  Honorable MentionNational Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship, March 2016

  •  Urban Doctoral FellowshipUniversity of Chicago, May 2016- May 2017

  •  Research FellowshipUniversity of Michigan, August 2013- December 2013

  •  Rackham Merit FellowshipUniversity of Michigan, August 2012- December 2013

Publications

Journal Articles

  • 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 Character19(4), 247-263.

Book Chapters

  • 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 Learning50(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.

 Public Scholarship

Public Engagement

Conference Presentations

  • 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

Travel 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)

Research Grants

  • 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)

Research-led Projects

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 Experience

Teaching Assistant, University of ChicagoChicago, 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)