People

Kingsley Botchway

Kingsley Botchway II

Title/Position
Principal Investigator and Co-Director, Equity Implemented Partnership; Chief Officer of Human Resources and Equity, Waterloo Community School District
Kingsley Botchway II is chief officer of human resources and equity for the Waterloo Schools district. From 2014 to 2018, he was the director of equity and engagement for the Iowa City Community School District, and an adjunct professor at Kirkwood Community College-Iowa City campus. A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Botchway went on to complete his law degree from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2010. In 2014, he was elected to the Iowa City City Council, serving as mayor pro tem from 2015-2017.

Sarah Bruch

Sarah K. Bruch

MPA, PhD

Title/Position
Principal Investigator and Co-Director, Equity Implemented Partnership; associate professor in the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration and the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware
Sarah K. Bruch is an associate professor in the Joseph R. Biden, Jr. School of Public Policy and Administration and the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice at the University of Delaware.  She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and a Master of Public Administration from the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington.

While at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, she was the recipient of a Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences Pre-doctoral Interdisciplinary Research and Training Fellowship, and a Fellow in the Graduate Research Fellows program at the Institute for Research on Poverty.

Her research focuses on the processes and policies that ameliorate or exacerbate social inequalities. In this vein, she studies the political and civic consequences of social policy designs; the distributional and social consequences of US safety net policies; the role of racial marginality in state policy choices; authority relations and racial dynamics within schools; and how multiple dimensions of race can be used to identify different mechanisms of racial disparities in education and punishment.

Her work has been published in leading academic journals including American Sociological Review, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Child Development.

Tessa Heeren

Tessa Heeren

Title/Position
Program Manager
Tessa Heeren is a research associate in the Health Policy and Social and Education Policy Research Programs. She earned her master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa, where her research interests included health system navigation, access to care, mental health parity, health stigma and restorative justice.

Rachel Maller

Rachel Maller

Title/Position
Research Assistant
Rachel is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology. Rachel began working on the partnership in 2017 as an undergraduate and has continued her work into graduate school. Her own research focuses on educational inequality, particularly how it impacts social relations within schools. Her goal is for a research career examining the relationship between inequality and educational experiences and outcomes and leveraging this research to improve educational policies and practices.

Steve Murley

Title/Position
Principal Investigator, Equity Implemented Partnership; Superintendent, Iowa City Community School District