Heidi Hartmann is the President of the Washington-based Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), a scientific research organization that she founded in 1987 to meet the need for women-centered, policy-oriented research. She is an economist with a B.A. from Swarthmore College and M. Phil and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University, all in economics. Dr. Hartmann is also a Research Professor at The George Washington University.
Dr. Hartmann lectures internationally on women, economics, and public policy; frequently testifies before the U.S. Congress; and is often cited as an authority in various media outlets, such as CNN, ABC News, The New York Times, and PBS NewsHour. She has published numerous articles in journals and books and her work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. She is a co-author of several IWPR reports, including Women’s and Men’s Employment and Unemployment in the Great Recession; Still A Man’s Labor Market: The Long-Term Earnings Gap; Unnecessary Losses: Costs to Americans of the Lack of Family and Medical Leave; Equal Pay for Working Families, and Strengthening Social Security for Women. She also serves as Secretary/Treasurer of the National Council of Women’s Organizations and Editor of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, and served as the Chair of the Board of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
Prior to founding IWPR, Dr. Hartmann was on the faculties of Rutgers University and the New School for Social Research and worked at the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. In 1994, Dr. Hartmann was the recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship Award for her work in the field of women and economics. She is the recipient of two honorary degrees.
Barbara Gault, Ph.D., is the Executive Director and Vice President of the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Since joining the Institute in 1997 she has focused on a wide range of issues of importance to women and their families, including poverty, access to education, health, work-life balance, political engagement, and the need for expanded preschool and child care options for working parents. Her publications include Improving Child Care Access to Promote Postsecondary Success Among Low-Income Parents, Resilient and Reaching for More: Challenges and Benefits of Higher Education for Welfare Participants and Their Children, “The Costs and Benefits of Policies to Advance Work Life Integration” as well as The Price of School Readiness: A Tool for Estimating the Cost of Universal Preschool in the States; and Working First But Working Poor: The Need for Education and Training Following Welfare Reform. She has testified in Congress on low-income women’s educational access, has spoken on women’s issues in venues throughout the country including at White House sponsored events, and appears in a range of print, radio and television media outlets. Prior to joining IWPR, Dr. Gault conducted research at the Office of Children’s Health Policy Research, and served as a staff and board member of organizations promoting human rights in Latin America. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her B.A. from the University of Michigan. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Coalition on Human Needs, and is a Research Professor of Women’s Studies at the George Washington University.
Cynthia Hess has worked for IWPR since 2007. She has served as study director for IWPR projects on numerous issues, including the status of women in the states, women’s activism and leadership, immigration, and Social Security. Prior to joining the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, Dr. Hess taught for two years as a visiting faculty member in the Philosophy and Religious Studies Department at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Her scholarly work has focused on the intersection of feminist theory, theology, and peace studies, and her publications include Sites of Violence, Sites of Grace: Christian Nonviolence and the Traumatized Self as well as articles on terrorism, traumatic violence, and religious peacemaking. Dr. Hess received her Ph.D. from Yale University and her A.B. from Davidson College.
Ariane Hegewisch has been a Study Director at IWPR since the summer of 2008; prior to that she spent two years at IWPR as a scholar-in-residence. She came to IWPR from the Center for WorkLife Law at UC Hastings. She is responsible for IWPR’s research on workplace discrimination and is a specialist in comparative human resource management, with a focus on policies and legislative approaches to facilitate greater work life reconciliation and gender equality, in the US and internationally. Prior to coming to the USA she taught comparative European human resource management at Cranfield School of Management in the UK where she was a founding researcher of the Cranet Survey of International HRM, the largest independent survey of human resource management policies and practices, covering 25 countries worldwide. She started her career in local economic development, developing strategies for greater gender equality in employment and training in local government in the UK. She has published many papers and articles and co-edited several books, including ‘Women, work and inequality: The challenge of equal pay in a deregulated labour market”. She is German and has a BSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MPhil in Development Studies from the IDS, Sussex.
Jeff joined IWPR in September 2009, and he works on projects examining women’s and men’s employment, job quality, and economic security over the life course. He is currently analyzing access and usage of paid leave in the U.S. and contributing to the Status of Women in the States project. Prior to joining IWPR, Jeff worked at the McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy and the Harvard Project on Global Working Families, analyzing how labor conditions affect children’s health and development around the world, and he taught research methods at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He holds master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Religious Studies from the University of Virginia.
Dr. Jessica Milli joined IWPR in September 2013 as a consultant and came on board full-time in May 2014. She currently works primarily on issues relating to paid sick leave, including estimating access rates and the costs and benefits of such policies. Prior to joining IWPR, Jessica taught courses in economics, including economic statistics, labor economics, and women in the global economy at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Randolph College. She holds bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. degrees in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she conducted research examining the link between the experience of domestic violence, welfare receipt, and employment status of women as well as research that attempted to explain the persistent educational attainment gap between white students and minority students. Jessica’s research interests include welfare, domestic violence, paid family leave, paid sick leave, and women’s education.
Julie Anderson joined IWPR in January 2015 as a Research Associate working primarily on The Status of Women in the States 2015. Julie received her Master’s Degree in Sociology from George Mason University in December 2012; her thesis was a qualitative study of military veterans in higher education. Prior to joining IWPR, Julie was a Researcher for the Center for Social Science Research at George Mason University. She was the project lead on a number of program evaluations for a non-profit social service organization in Prince William County, to determine the economic impact of their services for individuals and the community. She also worked on an NSF-funded research workshop, “A Relational Model for Understanding the Use of Research in the Policy Process.” She was a graduate research assistant for the Work and Family Study, a national telephone survey and held internships at the Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC and the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Arlington, VA.
Lindsey Reichlin joined IWPR as the Research and Program Coordinator in September 2013. She has a Masters of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs where she concentrated on human rights and a Bachelor of Arts from UCLA. Throughout her academic and professional experiences, she has sought to increase awareness of and access to effective policies and programs that improve the health and rights of vulnerable groups. Her work has spanned the domestic and global realms, ranging from a project to assess youth access to reproductive rights in Ethiopia to translating evidence-based research into accessible strategies to prevent childhood obesity in low-income communities around the U.S. Lindsey hails from Houston, Texas, which, for all its faults, still has some of the best barbeque and Tex-Mex in the country.
Chandra Childers joined IWPR as a postdoctoral fellow in July of 2014. She completed her bachelor’s in Human Development and Family Studies and her master’s in Sociology at Texas Tech University. She completed her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Washington where her interests centered on the relationships between race, sex, and class and how these shape social and economic inequality, especially within labor markets. Chandra’s prior research experience includes program evaluation, including a 3 year evaluation of the implementation of a job creation initiative, serving as a research assistant in employment discrimination litigation and extensive research in occupational race- and sex-segregation. Chandra has also taught a range of courses including race relations, poverty and inequality, and research practicum.
After graduating from American University’s School of International Service with a Masters of Arts in International Relations, Elyse Shaw joined IWPR as the Special Assistant to the President and Assistant Editor for the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy in August of 2012. Before joining IWPR, Elyse’s graduate work focused on the intersection of gender and post-conflict peacebuilding, leading her to write a thesis analyzing the impact and implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325, which was enacted to both increase gender awareness in peacebuilding efforts as well as increase women’s participation in negotiations and post-conflict development. Since joining IWPR, Elyse has worked on a variety of issues including women and the economy, the recession and recovery, retirement security, women and non-traditional occupations, and political parity, among others.
Asha DuMonthier is a 2015 Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow. Asha recently graduated from Seattle University where she earned a B.A. in Economics with a double major in Women and Gender Studies. As an undergraduate Asha interned at community-based organizations including day worker center Casa Latina, where she participated in the Workers’ Defense Committee to support workers experiencing wage theft. Asha also served as co-president of the Society of Feminists club and spent 6 months volunteering at a rural and indigenous women’s rights organization in Santiago, Chile while studying abroad. During her senior year, she completed an independent research project using time-use data to examine the gendered allocation of housework in the United States. Asha is looking forward to contributing to IWPR projects related to employment rights, women in the labor movement, and other issues at the intersections of gender, race, class, and immigration status.
Jenny Xia joined IWPR in September 2014 as a Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow. Jenny is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. As an undergraduate, she served as a student government representative, co-founded the university’s bike share program and actively promoted mental health awareness on campus. Jenny conducted research on class-based distinctions in the sharing of housework for her honors thesis. In addition to work-family flexibility policies, her research interests include pay equity and women’s economic autonomy. She is excited to contribute to research on policies affecting women’s wellbeing and learn from IWPR’s esteemed staff.
Jennifer Clark is the Communications Manager for the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), overseeing the Institute’s media relations, publications production, and online communications efforts on a range of issues including women’s roles in the workforce, single mothers, Social Security, paid sick days and paid family leave, and the status of women in the United States. In between roles at IWPR, she served as the Income Security Outreach Manager at the National Academy of Social Insurance, managing a Social Security education project, which provided funds to nearly 30 organizations working to educate vulnerable populations on the importance of Social Security. She proudly hails from Charlotte, North Carolina, and graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Arts in American History and International Relations.
Mallory Mpare joined IWPR in September of 2010 as a Communications Fellow. Hailing from North Carolina, she attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where her interests in the intersection of race, class and gender and their impact on health led her to pursue a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Comparative Women’s Studies, concentration in Women’s Health. While at Spelman, she had the opportunity to study how advertisements differentially affect the self-esteem of women of color. Upon graduating in 2009, Mallory worked for A Helping Hand, Inc., a non-profit organization with a focus on health. Mallory is excited to join IWPR where she will be able to further explore her interests in women’s issues as well as become familiar with the process of informing national policy.
Rachel Linn joined IWPR in February 2015 as a Communications Associate. She specializes in media relations and communications writing and assists the communications staff with publications production, online outreach and the Status of Women in the States project. She received her M.A. in Media and Public Affairs from George Washington University where her work focused on developing strategic communication plans for policies affecting low-income women and children. She is originally from California where she got a dual B.A. in Communications and Sociology from the University of California, Davis. Prior to moving to D.C., she worked in the California State Legislature as a Press Secretary to the Honorable Assemblymember Mariko Yamada.