Amy Cummings

Ph.D. Student, Education Policy
Graduate Research Assistant, EPIC
Michigan State University


Amy Cummings is a fourth-year education policy doctoral student at Michigan State University (MSU) and an Institute of Education Sciences fellow. She studies early literacy policies and their implementation and effect on children, and her work is aimed at ensuring students have equitable access to educational supports. As a graduate research assistant at the Education Policy Innovation Collaborative (EPIC), she researches the implementation and effectiveness of Michigan’s early literacy policy, the Read by Grade Three Law. Prior to beginning her studies at MSU, Amy worked at the American Enterprise Institute and taught high school social studies. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Missouri and a master’s in cognitive science in education from Teachers College, Columbia University.

She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri, but has lived in four places since then: Columbia, MO; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and now Lansing, MI. She loves to travel and explore new restaurants and breweries with her fiancée and has two adorable dogs named Lucy and Lulu.



Phone: (314) 225-5109