AERA Names Two Congressional Fellows for 2021-22
AERA Names Two Congressional Fellows for 2021-22

July 2021

AERA has named two early career scholars as AERA Congressional Fellows for 2021–22. The Fellows will spend a year in Washington, D.C., working as staff for a member of Congress or a Congressional committee, and will use their education research expertise, outside of the academic setting, to inform public policy. This will be the fifth year of the AERA Congressional Fellowship initiative, after the program was temporarily suspended for the 2020–2021 fellowship year due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The two 2021–21 AERA Congressional Fellows are Carly Champagne (University of Oregon) and Dominiqua Griffin (California State University, Fresno). Their fellowships will begin on September 1.

Carly Champagne

Champagne is a postdoctoral researcher at the Center for Translational Neuroscience at the University of Oregon, working on a team that provides technical research assistance to a range of community-based early childhood organizations. Carly earned her doctorate in education from Temple University in 2019. Her research focuses on teacher-student interactions, qualitative methods, and structural barriers to child and family well-being.

Dominiqua Griffin

Griffin is an assistant professor of school counseling at California State University, Fresno. She earned her doctorate in counselor education and supervision, with a dual title in comparative and international education from Pennsylvania State University in 2018. Her research focuses on school counseling, multiculturalism, and international education to advance school counseling systems domestically and internationally. Her work also examines school-family-community partnerships.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Champagne and Dr. Griffin to Washington, D.C. and to resuming this important program in such a short while. We very much look forward to supporting their success during the fellowship year,” said AERA Executive Director Felice J. Levine. “As part of this program, they will each play an invaluable role in connecting research to policymakers and expanding public understanding of the contributions of education research.”

The call for applications for the AERA 2022–23 Congressional Fellowship Program will be released in October 2022.

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