Margaret Brower is a PhD student at the University of Chicago, where she is also an Urban Fellow. She focuses on the public opinion and political behavior of marginalized subgroups in the U.S. population with specific attention to how intersectional, social identities complicate and can explain differences in these outcomes.
Currently at the University of Chicago she uses experimental and qualitative methods to better understand how policy frames and coalition organizing can affect public opinion and mobilize populations differently according to intersectional identities of gender, race, ethnicity and class. She also is a graduate student researcher for GenForward where she co-leads a qualitative study of inequality in Chicago that examines why and how place-based political conditions of the city determine disparaging political, social, and economic outcomes for young adults by race and ethnicity.
Prior to joining the program at the University of Chicago, she worked for the Center for the Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) and the Institute for Higher Education and Democracy (IDHE) at Tufts University. In this role, she helped develop a national dataset of registration and voting rates for college students in the U.S. and later lead qualitative research projects on college student political learning and engagement.
She holds a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Chicago, a Master of Arts in Higher Education and Public Policy from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Education from Colgate University.