NSF AAAS Science and Technology Policy (STP) Fellows


Natalie Hengstebeck  

Dr. Natalie Hengstebeck
Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering
Division of Computer and Network Systems/Office of the Director
Class of 2019-2020

Dr. Natalie Hengstebeck’s mission is to serve as an ambassador for science, bridging the divide between research and policy to advance equity and well-being among children and families. Within the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE), she will support both strategic partnerships with philanthropy and industry and the Convergence Accelerator. Before the fellowship, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Scholars Strategy Network and Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, where she built strategic partnerships to enhance the use of research among North Carolina’s local, state, and federal policymakers. Hengstebeck earned her PhD in human development and family studies and research methodology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she studied how social context shapes child and family well-being. Hengstebeck earned her BA in psychology, sociology, communications and media studies, and professional writing at DePaul University. In addition to working as a Fulbright research fellow in sociology and public administration at Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands, she has worked at the SAS Institute, RAND Corporation, and the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families.



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