2020 Researchers

Kania Johnson is a recent Family Social Science graduate from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She will begin her master’s program studying public policy this fall at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. She is passionate about children and families and this passion drives the work she hopes to do during her time at CIC. Kania’s research interests are exploring programs that support children with incarcerated caregivers and how mentorship can serve as an effective intervention for youth with incarcerated caregivers. She also will be supporting CIC’s future program initiatives and organizing college students to raise awareness and advocate for children of incarcerated caregivers. Kania hopes to create and advocate for policies that are inclusive to the unique experiences of families and children in the field of education.

Tess Fahlgren¬†arrived from Montana, where she worked directly with children of all backgrounds through her role as Teaching Artist for the Art Mobile of Montana, a traveling art education non-profit. Prior to that, she taught art and creative writing in a rural high school. Tess is an MFA candidate for Creative Writing — Nonfiction at the University of Minnesota, where she is writing a thesis on the value of art education for underserved youth.

Maddie Karp is a senior at Macalester College. She is majoring in Political Science with a concentration on Human Rights and Humanitarianism. Previously, she interned for the St. Paul office of Senator Tina Smith. More recently, she served as a grant writing and communications intern at Tubman, which inspired her interest in non-profit work. After graduating, Maddie is looking forward to attending law school and continuing her efforts to create substantive change in the criminal justice system by becoming a public defender.