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Sean Higgins

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Sean Higgins is a sophomore majoring in political science and legal studies. This assistantship enabled him to work as a research assistant for Prof. Brenda Bushouse (political science and public policy). Sean will be conducting research on the effects of economic recession on state budget appropriations for prekindergarten funding. He will analyze individual case studies by interviewing interest groups and state actors and collecting budget data in order to gain a concrete understanding of public policy surrounding prekindergarten funding.

Sean says this project will allow him to gain knowledge regarding the policy process while having a positive impact on family and education policy.