2 Humphrey School Faculty Members Receive Fellowships to Pursue Research
Two scholars at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs have been awarded prestigious fellowships that will allow them to conduct research on issues of global importance in the new academic year.
Professor Christina Ewig, faculty director of the School’s Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy, received a nine-month fellowship to the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC.
Professor Jodi Sandfort, academic director of the School’s Future Services Institute, received a Fulbright US Scholars grant to study in Copenhagen, Denmark, in early 2020.
Christina Ewig, Wilson Center
The Wilson Center, chartered by Congress as a living memorial to President Woodrow Wilson, is a nonpartisan space for scholars and experts to research topics of national and international relevance. The center’s goal is to build a bridge between the worlds of academia and public policy, to inform and develop solutions to the nation’s problems and challenges.
Ewig’s fellowship runs from September to May. During that time, she will continue her research into the implications of the growing number of women, indigenous, and afro-descendent people who have become active in the formal political arenas of various Latin American democracies. She’s writing a book on that topic: Making Substantive Democracy: Women’s and Ethnoracial Representation in Latin America.
Ewig says the Wilson Center fellowship will help her connect with influential DC-based organizations with an interest in democratic inclusion.
"By developing these contacts, I hope my research could make a greater impact on policy discussions while also allowing me to better understand the research needs of policy makers," Ewig says. "I’m also interested in developing relationships with policy makers that I could continue to cultivate in my position at the Center on Women, Gender, and Public Policy."
Ewig is one of 17 Wilson Center fellows this academic year; they are from the United States, Australia, Canada, France, the United Kingdom, and Venezuela.
Jodi Sandfort, Fulbright Denmark
The Fulbright Program is known worldwide as the flagship program for scholars and top students to study, research, and work with the best in their fields, with a commitment to advance the betterment of the world. Sandfort’s fellowship is through Fulbright Denmark.
The Future Services Institute, which Sandfort founded in 2016, works to transform the delivery of social services by keeping the needs of struggling families and individuals front and center. Sandfort will spend the spring 2020 semester at the University of Copenhagen, where she will teach, work with national and local governments doing innovations in social welfare, and begin writing a book.
"My focus will be on better understanding how design-based approaches to organizational change are being carried out in Danish public agencies," Sandfort says. She adds that Denmark is an appropriate place to do this work.
"The country is well known for its investment in social welfare programs, with a robust public sector intent upon learning from and applying lessons from innovators and social science," she says. "The Danish government also is an international leader in investing in design-based solutions that increase public value."
Sandfort will also share her expertise in public policy implementation, innovation design, and evaluation with scholars in the University of Copenhagen’s public administration program.