Heidi J. Eschenbacher, PhD, is a researcher interested in patterns of social and societal change. Dr. Eschenbacher earned her doctorate in Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development (OLPD) from the University of Minnesota, an M.A. in International Development and Social Change from Clark University, and a double B.A. from University of Minnesota. She has worked on educational system improvement projects in Zambia, South Sudan and Uganda, youth livelihood and gender equity evaluations in East Africa and Bangladesh, food aid in Cambodia and Swaziland, and with immigrant groups the in the United States. Her ongoing interest in her varied work is to explore how people, particularly those who have historically been marginalized, can use research to inform policy, practice, and social change. She enjoys revealing insights into trends of where people with intellectual and developmental disabilities live and the supports they use to live increasingly in communities.
Dr. Eschenbacher has taught OLPD 5121, Educational Reform in International Contexts; OLPD 5087 Masters Research Seminar; and co-taught Education Psychology 5247 Qualitative Research in Education Psychology.