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T. Jameson Brewer


T. Jameson Brewer, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Social Foundations of Education at the University of North Georgia.  He received his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was named as the 2016 Outstanding Doctoral Student.  Jameson served as the O’Leary Fellow from 2013-2016 under Dr. Christopher Lubienski who served as Director of the Forum on the Future of Public Education.  He currently serves as a Fellow at the National Education Policy Center, a Fellow at the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy, a Scholar at the Scholar’s Strategy Network, and as associate editor of the Journal of Educational Foundations.  Broadly conceptualized, Jameson’s research focuses on the impact of privatization and marketization of public education by way of school vouchers, charter schools, alternative teacher certification, and homeschooling.   Follow him on Twitter: @tjamesonbrewer




Maria Claudia Soler

Maria Claudia Soler is a doctoral student in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership program with a concentration in Higher Education. She holds a MA in International Education and Policy Analysis from Stanford University, an MA in Clinical Psychology, and a BA in Psychology from Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. Maria Claudia’s previous professional experiences include serving as a career counselor, college lecturer, and counselor for a non-profit organization that provides support to Latin-American women in London. She also spent nearly four years developing the admission and development programs at Lumni, a company that provides higher education financing through Income Share Agreements in Colombia, Mexico, Peru, Chile, and the U.S. Maria Claudia’s research interests include higher education access and success policies, especially those related to college choice, financial aid, student support programs, and career pathway models. She is part of a research team working on a project, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, that seeks to facilitate the implementation of “reverse transfer” degree policies and programs. Maria´s most current research focuses on understanding the determinants of the take-up of Income Share Agreements (ISAs) and the potential impacts of ISAs on different college outcomes such as access, attainment, and completion. 




Terry Vaughan III



Terry Vaughan III is the Vice President of Research and Director of the Pell Institute at the Council for Opportunity in Education located in Washington D.C. He received his Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. Prior to joining and completing his Ph.D., he was also a participant in UIUC’s Summer Pre-Doctoral Institute (SPI) and Summer Research Opportunity Program (SROP). He currently works nationally to explore, understand, and advocate for equity within higher education with a focus on students from low-income and historically marginalized backgrounds.