Our Team

Leadership - Administration & Award Management - Research Development - Research & Data Support

IPSR Leadership

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Steven Maynard-Moody
Director, IPSR and Professor, School of Public Affairs & Administration

As Director, Steven is responsible for developing the IPSR multi-disciplinary research program by engaging faculty from across the university and overseeing the management and direction of the Institute. Under his leadership, IPSR has become an international center for research on some of today’s most pressing topics, including the human dimensions of climate change, race and gender questions in the scientific workforce, urban sustainability, indigenous communities, environmental policy, and human trafficking.

As Professor, he teaches Master of Public Administration and doctoral courses on public policy and policy analysis, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and street-level bureaucracy. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Read more

Travis Weller
Assistant Director

As Assistant Director, Travis oversees all Institute operations. He administers the IPSR Scholars program and manages the financial and human resources for IPSR. Read more
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Administration & Award Management

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Carrie Caine
Research Development and Administrative Specialist

In her role as Research Development and Administrative Specialist, Carrie coordinates staff travel, assists with purchasing, maintains grant files, and provides support to IPSR research centers. Read more

Jena Gunter
Research Project Coordinator

As Research Project Coordinator, Jena provides coordination for research team(s), IPSR Center Directors and research staff. Jena’s primary responsibility is to coordinate research and sponsored project activities, budgets and implement administrative procedures. This includes organization of workshops, conferences, special events, and other activities. Jena processes travel, initiates purchases, and processes invoices for sponsored research. Read more
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Christie Holland
Research Project Specialist

As Research Project Specialist, Christie provides administrative support for research team(s), IPSR Center Directors and research staff. This includes organization of workshops, conferences, and other events. Christie processes travel, initiates purchases, and processes invoices for sponsored research. Read more

Monica Maurer
Student Administrative Assistant

Monica is currently pursuing a BA in Political Science with a minor in African-American Studies. She plans to attend law school upon graduation to pursue a career in public defense.
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Research Development

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Carrie Caine
Research Development and Administrative Specialist

Carrie provides direct support for proposal preparation to investigators, research teams, faculty affiliates, and graduate students. She provides guidance to investigators on strategic approaches to funding calls and agency priorities. Read more

Nancy Cayton Myers
Research Development Officer

As Research Development Officer, Nancy leads the IPSR research development team; provides direct support for research proposal preparation to investigators and teams; facilitates research planning, strategy, and networking; assists with grant management and reporting; and conducts outreach activities and research development-related presentations to faculty, staff, and students. Read more
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Whitney Onasch
Research Development Specialist

As a Research Development Specialist for the Institute for Policy & Social Research (IPSR), Whitney facilitates and administers research proposal development and submission on behalf of faculty affiliates and graduate students. She provides guidance to investigators on strategic approaches to funding calls based on the guidelines and agency priorities, and serves as the primary liaison between faculty and the KU Office of Research during the development and award/contract negotiation stages. Read more

Research & Data Support

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Jennifer Boden
Associate Researcher

Jennifer Boden is an Associate Researcher at KC-AERC. She is a lecturer and doctoral candidate in Economics at the University of Kansas. Her current work at KC-AERC focuses on utilizing her quantitative skills. Jen has extensive experience in working with large, complex datasets using SAS, STATA, and SQL. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Northern Iowa and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Kansas.

Karin Chang
Executive Director, Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium (KC-AERC)

As the Executive Director of the Kansas City Area Education Research Consortium (KC-AERC), Dr. Chang has managed local, state and national evaluations, including 30 multi-site evaluations in the area of early childhood, K–12 education, and post-secondary attainment. Most of her research work utilizes experimental or quasi-experimental research designs. Dr. Chang is a member of the American Evaluation Association and presents nationally on such topics as systems evaluation, college readiness, afterschool evaluation, instrument development, and statistical modeling techniques. She earned her Ph.D. in Education Research and Psychology from the University of Kansas. She holds a B.A. in History from Amherst College and a M.A. in Education Policy and Administration from Stanford University.
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Larry Hoyle
Senior Scientist

Larry has overall responsibility for planning the Institute’s computing infrastructure. He has more than a few years’ experience in the data management phase of the research lifecycle and teaches a graduate course focusing on those skills. In recent years, he has been actively involved in the Data Documentation Initiative (DDI) – helping advance an international standard for machine actionable description of data and its lifecycle. He has done a number of invited and contributed presentations at SAS and DDI related international conferences and has chaired or co-chaired the North American DDI Conference and the IASSIST conference. Read more

Genna M. Hurd
Associate Researcher

Genna provides research assistance to several vital IPSR projects and programs, including its Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy. Research assistance includes research project management, program evaluation, focus group facilitation, interviews, survey development and analysis, data collection, management, and analysis, and report writing. Genna is Co-I for the KU EDA University Center, a partnership between the KU Center for Entrepreneurship in the School of Business and IPSR. She also is Editor of the Kansas Statistical Abstract, an online compendium of socio-economic and demographic data on Kansas. Read more
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Aarti Bajaj Judd
Research Project Manager

Aarti Bajaj Judd is a Research Project Manager at KC-AERC. She earned her Ph.D. in Education Leadership and Policy Studies from University of Kansas. She currently manages the evaluation research on STEM pipeline education initiatives and policy research on college and career readiness. Her work on college and career readiness specifically looks at the role mathematics learning affects postsecondary attainment and achievement. Prior to KC-AERC, Aarti worked at Service Management Group (SMG), a marketing research firm for two years. At SMG, she conducted the customer satisfaction and loyalty research for YUM! Brands, for both their domestic and international locations. She holds a B.A. in Economics from DePauw University and a M.A. in Economics from Vanderbilt University.

Renee Pualani Louis
Associate Researcher

I am a Hawaiian woman and an Indigenous cartographer passionate about Hawaiian storied place names, cross cultural ethical research standards, and advocating the integration of Indigenous spatial knowledge systems with Western geosciences. I believe Indigenous wisdom has long held steadfast in the margins of society. Our elders have watched in silence or were silenced as consumer driven economics ravaged our lands, waters, and skies. Academia and science has played an active role in ensuring the knowledge of our ancestors remained ghostly whispers. It is time to bring Indigenous voices front and center. It is time to move beyond the politics of science where recognizing those realities that lie beyond the realm of our senses is not a debate about belief systems, so much as an examination of alternative methodologies. It is time to acknowledge the multiplicity of experiences that contribute to our understanding of the world in which we live. Read more
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Pat Oslund
Associate Researcher

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Xan Wedel
Senior Research Data Engineer

Xan is the primary liaison for data requests received by the Institute from the public or members of the university community. Xan leads the Kansas Business & Industry Data Center, a partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau. She also serves as web application developer and GIS analyst for the Institute. In addition to these duties, Xan advises students and researchers on data visualization techniques including GIS and coordinates the data compilation and visualization, programming, and production of the Kansas Statistical Abstract. Read more
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