OCCRL Staff and Affiliates

Stacy Meredith Bennett

Teaching Assistant Professor, College of Education at Illinois
Senior Research Associate, OCCRL

To date, Dr. Stacy Bennett's work has primarily focused on reforms to developmental education at the state level. Her scholarly interests center around public policy, disability, and equity in higher education. She is also a teaching assistant professor of higher education in the Department of Education Policy, Organization & Leadership in the College of Education.

Dr. Bennett's professional background has focused on public policy, political campaigns, public affairs and relations, and grassroots advocacy, areas in which she has worked with organizations, candidates, and elected officials at the national, state, and local levels. In those roles, Dr. Bennett worked primarily in Chicago and in Washington, D.C., as well as in campaigns in Iowa, Missouri, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Long Island, New York.

Prior to her current role, Dr. Bennett worked in undergraduate admissions at the University of Illinois and was an independent consultant working on a variety of education projects that included grant evaluation, public awareness campaigns, and admissions consulting.


  • Ph.D., Educational Organization and Leadership, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • M.P.P., University of Chicago Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy
  • B.S.; Political Science, Geography, and Environmental Science; Kansas State University