Margaret Teresa Brower
IAI Postdoctoral Fellow, 2021-2023
Margaret received her PhD in Political Science from University of Chicago in 2021, and holds an MA from the University of Michigan in Public Policy and Higher Education. Margaret’s research elevates the experiences of people of color, especially women of color, to identify lawmaking and policies that better serve and represent their interests. She discusses this research in a variety of public outlets. In the past year in particular, she brought attention to the ways in which the pandemic disproportionately worsened the economic conditions for Black and Latina women in the workforce and pointed to policies as mechanisms for changing these circumstances. Her scholarship with Jamila Michener from Cornell University on this topic was featured in the Washington Post, MSNBC live, and NPR. She is currently working on a book project that considers how policymaking can better adapt to the intersectional experiences of women of color by addressing how they often positioned between multiple issues at the same time. She does so within the context of movements to end violence against women and argues that organizational leaders within these movements are reimagining the boundaries of policies and reconfiguring these institutions to better represent the lived experiences of multi-marginalized groups. She received grant awards from the Center for American Women and Politics, the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, the National Science Foundation and Time Sharing Experiments for Social Sciences (TESS) and the Women in Politics Centennial Center for Political Science to support this work.