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.

Claire Stobb is a senior at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities majoring in Sociology with an emphasis in Policy Analysis, and minors in Public Health and Spanish. Claire began working in criminal justice research just over a year ago on the All Square Institute Study in the University of Minnesota’s Department of Sociology. Her background in public health and incarceration has also informed her interest in criminal justice and sentencing reform– especially as it relates to children. Claire looks forward to leveraging these passions at CIC to serve families impacted by incarceration. Following graduation in the Spring of 2021, Claire plans to attend law school focusing on public interest law and advocacy.
Sophie Schafer is a senior at Carleton College. She is a math major with a passion for nonprofit work and social justice. In Oakland, CA and Northfield, MN she has spent time mentoring at local elementary schools, working with teachers and students alike as they needed. She started a summer camp for neighborhood children that she ran for 5 years before moving to Minnesota for college. Last summer she worked for Devine and Gong, Inc., a consulting firm working with the Oakland School District to provide affordable housing to teachers. In the future, Sophie hopes to use her technical and quantitative skills to bring support to the nonprofit world and create important changes in neglected communities.