Graduated CIRGE Fellows

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PhD in Higher Education


    Dana Ponte

 Dana completed her doctorate degree in  Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Washington on June 2016. Her dissertation looked at  the development of federal support for higher education on the basis of national defense in the Progressive and Cold War eras. Dana is a specialist on Russia and the Former Soviet Union. She graduated summa cum laude from  Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in Russian Studies in 2002, and received her master’s degree in Russian and Central Asian Studies from Harvard University in 2005. She holds a senior management position at the National Council for Eurasian and East European Research and is based in Washington, DC.


Amy Li

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Amy completed her doctorate degree in Higher Education, with a specialization in public policy and statistics.  Her dissertation examined the adoption and impact of state policies that allocate scarce resources to colleges, and how colleges respond to such policies in order to improve student access, retention, and completion. She studies state performance funding, economic declines and funding allocations, policy diffusion, and student outcomes. Previously Amy worked in study abroad and in private sector finance. She has a Master’s in Higher Education/Student Affairs and BA in Economics and Psychology, both from University of Utah.