is the author of Policy Patrons: Philanthropy, Education Reform, and the Politics of Influence
(Harvard Education Press, 2016). She is assistant professor at the Gerald Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Who hasn't applied for a foundation grant? But what do they want out of the funding? In Policy Patrons
, we learn quite a bit, especially as it relates to influencing the direction of public policy. Tompkins-Stange's book explores under-studied area of philanthropic foundations. Relying on extensive original interviews, the book shows how foundations, such as the Gates Foundation and Ford Foundation, vary in style and approach to public policy, and how this relates to the on-going reform of public schools in the United States.