Katja is an experienced lecturer in the field of Early Childhood Education with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. She is skilled in lecturing, data collection, proposal writing, and data analysis. Her scholarly research interests lie at the intersection of policies, practices, and well-being of children and families with an overall commitment to equity. Her dissertation study focused on an exploration of obstacles and challenges of low-income single mothers in higher education in Germany and the U.S., to understand how their individual experiences as students and as mothers at the micro level were shaped by policies regarding childcare and financial support at the macro level. Katja is a certified early childhood teacher and holds a bachelor's and master's degree in sociology with a focus on empirical research from Duisburg-Essen University in Germany and a Ph.D. in Education from Eastern Michigan University. Outside of work, she enjoys gardening, cooking, playing soccer, and spending time with her family.