heidi hartmannHeidi Hartmann, Ph.D., President and CEO

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 GaultBarbara Gault, Ph.D., Executive Director and Vice President

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.

0053Cynthia Hess, Ph.D., Study Director

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.


0025Ariane Hegewisch, M.Phil., Program Director, Employment and Earnings

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.


0111Jeffrey Hayes, Ph.D., Program Director, Job Quality and Income Security

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.


0012Jessica Milli, Ph.D., Study Director

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.

0062Julie Anderson, M.A., Senior Research Associate

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.


0022Lindsey Reichlin Cruse, M.A., Senior Research Associate

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 ChildersChandra Childers, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist

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.


Elyse ShawElyse Shaw, M.A., Senior Research Associate

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.


Emma Williams-Baron, Research Assistant

Emma Williams-Baron is a Research Assistant at IWPR and Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, focusing on job quality, pay equity across the life course, work-life policy, and intersectional analysis. She began at IWPR as a Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow in 2015. Previously, she was a research assistant investigating gendered violence with Dr. Alexandra Hrycak, and a legislative intern at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women. As an undergraduate student, Emma presented a senior thesis titled Girls and Boys Who Work: Effects of Gendered Adolescent Work Experiences on Career, Education, Family, and Work-Life Balance Aspirations and Expectations. Since joining IWPR, Emma has given several presentations at national and international conference including sharing findings from her study of youth work experience and attitudes toward career and family at the 2016 Work and Family Researchers Network Conference and presenting conclusions from her work with Dr. Hrycak at the 2016 Association for the Study of Nationalities 21st Annual World Convention. Emma is a 2015 graduate of Reed College with a B.A. in sociology.