PhD candidate, Social Policy, Brandeis University
Cohort Four Fellow

Academic Mentor
Laurie Nsiah-Jefferson
Heller School for Social Policy and Management     

Policy Mentor
Milagros Ramirez
Director of Program Evaluation and Development Action for Boston Community Development, Inc.  

Current Institutional Affiliation
Border Crossers: Trainer

Areas of Expertise

Early Childhood Education and Initiatives, Evidence-Based/Evidence-Informed Programs, K-12 Education and School Systems, Program Evaluation, Workforce Development, Longitudinal Data Analysis, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Regression Modeling, Ethnography, Grounded Theory, Mixed Methods, Participatory Action Research, Phenomenology, Dual Language Learners, Infants and Toddlers, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Preschool-aged Children, Racial/Ethnic Minority Groups, School-aged Children


Megan Madison is pursuing her doctorate at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management, concentrating in child, youth, and family policy. Her research interests include Head Start, the early care and education workforce, and the intersections of race, gender, and class. Before graduate school, Ms. Madison taught preschool at the Carole Robertson Center for Learning, a multicultural community-based family development organization located in Chicago. This experience grounds her dual passions for early childhood education and social justice. Ms. Madison graduated with highest distinction and high honors from the University of Michigan, having completed a self-designed concentration program in Studies in Religion. She also holds a M.S. in early childhood education from Dominican University.