Colin Cepuran


Dr. Colin Cepuran is a Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. He works on the Implementation Collaborative. Cepuran provides quantitative and qualitative analytic assistance in the implementation and evaluation of policies that promote child welfare in juvenile justice spaces in states, counties, and communities across the United States. Currently, he is working on Continuous Quality Improvement monitoring for programs implemented under the auspices of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA).

Prior to starting at Chapin Hall, Cepuran worked in the Harris County, TX Justice Administration Department, which oversaw the development and implementation of criminal justice reform policies in and around the city of Houston. He has also taught courses on American politics at Cornell University, for men incarcerated in New York State, and at Cayuga Community College. Prior to attending graduate school, Cepuran worked in politics in Southwest Michigan.

Cepuran obtained a PhD in Government from Cornell University in 2021, concentrating in American Politics and writing a dissertation on the politics of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. He also obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and German from Kalamazoo College in 2015.

PhD in Government, Cornell University

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and German, Kalamazoo College

Keefe, R., Richmond, K., Laris, Z., Cepuran, C., Chor, B., Griggs, K., Heaton, L., & Rothkuo, J. (2022, October). Fostering families: A 50-state qualitative research review of Family First Congregate Care Reform Implementation. Research accepted at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition.

Cepuran, C. (2020, September). American dreams: How DACA shaped the political identities of the Dreamers. Paper accepted at the Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association.

Cepuran, C. (2020, May). American dreams: How DACA shaped the political identities of the Dreamers. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Political Science Association.

Cepuran, C., Berry, J., & Garcia-Rios, S. (2019, April). Testing theories of the identity to politics link in Whites with an experiment. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association.

Cepuran C., & Berry, J. (2018, April). Comparing the roles of discrimination in political behavior.

Cepuran, C. J. G., & Berry, J. (2022). Whites’ racial resentment and perceived relative discrimination interactively predict participation. Political Behavior, 44, 1003–1024.

Berry, J., Cepuran C., & Garcia-Rios, S. (2020). Relative group discrimination and vote choice among Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Whites. Politics, Groups, and Identities. doi:10.1080/21565503.2020.1842770