Karen BogenschneiderRothermel-Bascom Professor Emerita

Karen Bogenschneider is a Rothermel-Bascom Professor Emeritus of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Dr. Bogenschneider founded and directed for 25 years the Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars–a series of presentations, briefing reports, and discussion sessions that communicate rigorous, nonpartisan research to state policymakers. From 1999-2014, she directed the Family Impact Institute that provided training and technical assistance to about two dozen states that had conducted over 225 Family Impact Seminars. Dr. Bogenschneider is the author of two books — Family Policy Matters (4th edition forthcoming) and Evidence-Based Policymaking (2nd edition). She has conducted numerous national trainings for researchers interested in working with policymakers and was named the winner of the 2021 Wiley Prize for her research. She is a Fellow of the National Council on Family Relations, and received the Engagement Award from the Board of Human Sciences of the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities. She recently served on a National Academy of Science Round Table on the communication and application of social and behavioral science research.

Select Publications

Bogenschneider, K., Day, E., & Bogenschneider, B. N. (2022). When policymakers are asked: Why and how polarization varies across states. Online first publication. Political Research Quarterly,

Bogenschneider, K., Day, E., Bogenschneider, B. N. (2021). A window into youth and family policy: State policymaker views on polarization and research utilization. American Psychologist, 76(7), 1143–1158.

Bogenschneider, K. (2020). Positioning universities as honest knowledge brokers: Best practices for communicating research to policymakers. Family Relations, 67(3), 628-643.

Bogenschneider, K., & Bogenschneider, B. N. (2020). Empirical evidence from state legislators:
How, when, and who uses research. Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 26(4), 413-424.

Bogenschneider, K., Corbett, T. J., & Parrott, E. (2019). Realizing the promise of research in policymaking: Theoretical guidance grounded in policymaker perspectives. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 11(1), 127-147.

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  • Human Development & Family Studies


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