Dr. Erica Czaja earned her Ph.D. in Politics and Social Policy from Princeton University and completed post-doctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Scholars in Health Policy Research Program. She also earned her M.A. in Politics from Princeton University, her M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and her B.A. with high distinction in Psychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Dr. Czaja’s research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice, and the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton University. She has also been awarded the American Political Science Association’s Distinguished Junior Scholars Award in political psychology. Prior to joining the faculty at The University of Toledo, she was the Director of the Community Research Institute at Grand Valley State University. She has also taught courses at Hope College and served for two years as the Executive Director of Camp Blodgett, a youth-centered nonprofit organization in Grand Rapids, MI, that creates equitable opportunities for recreational learning and leadership development. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, she worked in applied research at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica, CA, and Applied Safety and Ergonomics in Ann Arbor, MI.