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Mentor Matching 2019



2019 APPAM Mentor Matching


Crime, Justice & Drugs     Economics     Education     Employment & Training Programs     Family & Child Policy

Government & Politics     Health Policy     Housing & Community Development     Methodology/Analysis

Natural Resource, Environment, & Energy     Population & Migration     Poverty & Income Policy

Public & Nonprofit Management     Science & Technology     Social Equality & Race



Mentor Biographies by Policy Area

(Alphabetical by Last Name)


Crime, Justice & Drugs

Sarah Jane Brubaker, Professor, Virginia Commonwealth University
Type of Mentoring: Job Document Review 
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

I am a sociologist teaching in a School of Public Affairs. I have directed our PhD program in Public Policy and Administration and led several search committees, supervised multiple dissertations and mentored many students. I have been a faculty member for 18 years. I teach and conduct research on gender violence, juvenile justice, adolescent health and sexuality, qualitative methods and theory. I do community-based research and am actively involved in several service activities focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.



Dionissi_AliprantisType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

I am a Senior Research Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  My research is focused on human capital formation, racial inequality, and neighborhood effects.  I have written papers focused on identifying neighborhood effects, understanding how landlords and wealth influence neighborhood sorting, and studying the implications of dynamics for neighborhood change and the racial wealth gap.  I am interested in translating research into practice.  I have spent years implementing university programs that support local public schools, using math to build community and foster creativity among middle and high school students.  I also work with Cleveland's Promise Neighborhood Initiative and have spent time evaluating community-based initiatives in Haiti.

Nikolay_AnguelovType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

I'm an associate professor of Public Policy with experience in online instruction of research-intensive courses and a focus on interdisciplinary research. I oversee the capstone course sequence in a fully online, asynchronous MPP program with over 150 students, who are mostly practitioners. They are diverse in professional expertise and location and I embrace this fact in encouraging them to use their work experiences to generate applied research. I guide them through the process in a three-course sequence - Research Methods, Statistics, and the capstone course Applied Policy Research Seminar. I can share insights on teaching and mentoring online, as well as generating publishable research with practitioners in the online environment. Through such collaborations, my students and I have successfully published articles, books and book chapters across disciplines and topics, including in top journals such as Review of Policy Research, Journal of Social Service Research, and Palgrave Communications. What I can share as a mentor in terms of professional development is insights on teaching and developing advising skills for practitioners, non-traditional, and distance students. What I can offer as a mentor in terms of scholarship is insights on interdisciplinary research strategies.

luisa-blancoType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students

Luisa Blanco is an Associate Professor of Economics at Pepperdine School of Public Policy. She specializes in development and international economics, with a focus on the Latin American region. Dr. Blanco research interests pertain to the wellbeing of Latin Americans at home and abroad. Blanco is currently a board member at UCLA Resource Center for Minority Aging Research-Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (RCMAR-CHIME), an Adjunct Researcher at RAND Corporation, a Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College at Oxford, and was a Visiting Senior Scholar at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank (2017-2018).  Blanco's funded research projects focus on financial behavior among minorities in the United States. She conducted a community based randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of an educational intervention on retirement saving among Hispanics in the Los Angeles area. Blanco also leads the mobile money diary project, which collects data about financial behavior and health among Hispanics in California.  Blanco's research specific to the Latin American region focuses on issues related to economic development and policymaking, such as institutions, crime, capital accumulation, and financial development.  Blanco's work has been published in journals such as the the Journal of Consumer Affairs, World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, Southern Economic Journal, and Latin American Research Review.

devin_buntenType of Mentoring: Research Guidance, Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

I want to ensure that students of color, queer students, and others with marginalized identities feel seen, heard, and validated in their ideas and passions as they undertake careers in fields long (and still) dominated by straight white men.  I did my PhD in economics although I'm happily ensconced in a planning program now. Before that, I did a masters at a heterodox econ department focused on regional and feminist economics; my undergrad is in film. I know that while good ideas about structural and social challenges can come from anywhere, the best ideas and clearest understanding come from the people and communities most acutely harmed by those structures. Of course, those same structures muffle their voices. For folks who have nevertheless made a way through, mentors can be helpful for guidance, and I hope to be so.  For me, an even more critical role of mentorship is to really listen to what mentees have to say about their concerns and challenges—and their joys. It's likely that mentees are familiar with problems that mentors have not noticed, ignored, or simply forgotten. Hearing these problems can give mentors guidance in what issues to spend their own time fighting.

Type of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students

Kalena E. Cortes is an Associate Professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor. She completed her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University. Dr. Cortes’ research interest is in the area of the economics of education. Her research focuses on issues of equity and access, in particular, identifying educational policies that help disadvantaged students at the PK-12 and postsecondary levels. She has worked on three key areas: improving academic performance of urban students, increasing access to postsecondary education, and raising educational attainment of immigrant students. Most recently, she has been working on innovative parenting programs delivered by text messages to guide parents toward more purposeful parenting. She has developed a new texting curriculum for parents of middle schoolers, Texts4Teens. Her middle school texting curriculum is a parent engagement program that focuses on the social-emotional skill development of children, child progression through school, and close parent-child relationships.

Donna_GintherType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students

Donna K. Ginther is the Dean’s Professor of Economics and the Interim Director of the Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Her major fields of study are scientific labor markets, gender differences in employment outcomes, wage inequality, scientific entrepreneurship, and children’s educational attainments.  Dr. Ginther has published in several journals, including Science, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Demography, Psychological Science in the Public Interest, and the Papers and Proceedings of the American Economic Association.  She has also received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  Her research has been featured in several media outlets including the Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, and the Boston Globe.  Dr. Ginther testified before the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education of the U.S. House of Representatives on the Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Act of 2008.   Dr. Ginther has advised the National Academies of Science, the National Institutes of Health, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on the diversity and future of the scientific workforce.

Bradley_HardyType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Bradley Hardy is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University and nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. He also serves as a visiting scholar with the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and a research affiliate of the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.  His research interests lie within labor economics, with an emphasis on economic instability, intergenerational mobility, poverty policy, and socio-economic outcomes. Within the department, he teaches courses on microeconomics and social policy. His research examines trends and sources of income volatility and intergenerational mobility within the United States, with a focus on socio-economically disadvantaged families. He also conducts research on the role of anti-poverty transfer programs such as SNAP food stamps and the earned income tax credit for improving economic well-being among low income individuals and families. 

Kelly_JonesType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students

I am an applied microeconomist and my work focuses on evaluating the impacts of various policies and interventions on gender equality and welfare. My recent work includes experimental analyses of women’s risk coping strategies in the face of financial shocks, and the implications for women’s sexual and reproductive health in Sub-Saharan Africa. I have also analyzed the impact of US foreign policy on women’s fertility outcomes internationally. In mid-2018, I launched a new line of research exploring the economic implications of access to reproductive health services in the United States. Other ongoing work includes field experiments in Uganda and Ghana on the role of gender dynamics in intra-household allocation of resources and productive activities.  In particular, I am exploring women’s contributions to and empowerment within small-scale commercial agriculture.

Augstina Laurito, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago
Agustina_LauritoType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Agustina Laurito is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is an applied policy researcher who uses administrative and survey data and quasi experimental methods to answer questions at the intersection of social, education, and health policy. Agustina is broadly interested in how adverse experiences affect children and families and the role of public policy in ameliorating these effects. Among her current projects, she studies food assistance programs, and SNAP in particular, air quality and child health, and more recently the effect of the opioid crisis on children and families. Agustina is also interested in immigrant families and children and her projects in this area investigate the role of non-school factors, including the home country in shaping immigrant children academic success and well-being.

Daniel Litwok, Associat/Scientist, Abt Associates
Daniel_LitwokType of Mentoring: Not Specified
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Daniel Litwok, Ph.D., is an economist with expertise in program evaluation and social policy. His work has specific focus on employment and education for low-income populations and individuals involved with the criminal justice system. Dr. Litwok has authored reports funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Administration for Children & Families, Department of Education, and Bureau of Justice Statistics. His academic work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the American Journal of Evaluation. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2015.

Ammar Malik, Director of Research, Evidence for Policy Design - Harvard Kennedy School
Ammar_MalikType of Mentoring: Not Specified
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Ammar A. Malik is the Director of EPoD Research. He leads research-policy engagements that derive actionable policy insights from rigorous research. He oversees EPoD’s labor market and education research portfolios in the Middle East, identifying and supporting opportunities for data and economic analysis to inform local policies that empower underrepresented groups and support social and economic development.  Before joining EPoD, he was Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute in Washington DC, where he conceived, fundraised and led research programs on women’s economic empowerment and growth, the policy implications of forced displacement, and urban resilience building. He also previously worked at the World Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority and Standard Chartered Bank.  Ammar’s research focuses on spatial urban forms and their economic implications, the political economy of public service delivery, and the distributional effects of urban public transport. For his work on the economic impact of sexual harassment in urban public spaces, he was awarded the World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative’s 2017 Development Marketplace Innovation Award. Ammar has used agent-based modeling to explore the emergence of innovation clusters within cities, including how land-use regulations, sprawl, spatial segregation and limited physical mobility stifles productivity.

Elaine_McBethType of Mentoring: Job Document Review, Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students

McBeth taught at Virginia (1985-88) before coming to William & Mary in the Fall of 1988. Elaine currently teaches Intro Macro, Money and Banking, and Mathematics of Public Policy Analysis. McBeth currently serves on the The College Board’s AP Macroeconomics Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee and is Chair of the City of Williamsburg Planning Commission.  A specialist in Macro and Monetary Policy...and due to 15+ years of experience in Planning, a specialist in Land Use Policy.

Rachel_MeltzerType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development, Job Document Review, Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Rachel Meltzer is Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Chair of the Public and Urban Policy M.S. degree at the Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment at The New School. Her research is broadly concerned with urban economies and how market and policy forces can shape disparate outcomes across neighborhoods.  She focuses on issues related to housing, land use, economic development and local public finance. Current projects look at how market-based, natural disaster and policy “shocks” impact retail and commercial activity in urban neighborhoods. Dr. Meltzer is also interested in the private provision of public goods, and she has explored a number of questions related to Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and Inclusionary Zoning. She teaches in the core policy analysis curriculum at Milano and is the author of the textbook, Policy Analysis as Problem Solving (Routledge 2018), with Milano colleague, Alex Schwartz.  Dr. Meltzer also teaches classes on quantitative methods, urban economic development and public finance. She earned her doctorate in Public Policy and M.P.A. from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a B.A. in Psychology and Mathematics from Dartmouth College.

Katherine_MichelmoreType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Katherine is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. Katherine received her Ph.D. in policy analysis and management from Cornell University in 2014. Prior to joining the Maxwell School, Professor Michelmore was an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include family and social policy, economics of education, and labor economics. Prior to completing her Ph.D., she worked as a research assistant at The Urban Institute in Washington D.C.

Lauren_NicholasType of Mentoring: Research Guidance 
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students

Lauren Hersch Nicholas is a health economist whose research focuses on the role of public policy in improving health and healthcare quality for the elderly. Her current research combines survey, administrative, and clinical data to study the interaction between healthcare utilization and economic outcomes.  Dr. Nicholas's work uses clinical and econometric approaches to answer questions in medical and health economics, particularly for surgery and end-of-life care. She has received several awards for her research including the National Academy of Social Insurance John Heinz Dissertation Award, the AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year Award, and the HCUP Most Outstanding Article Award.

Jonathan_SchwabishType of Mentoring: Not Specified
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Jon Schwabish is an economist, writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. He is considered a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in how researchers communicate their findings. His book Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks helps people improve the way they prepare, design, and deliver data-rich content.

Eizabeth_SetrenType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students

Professor Setren received her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. Before joining Tufts, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research in the economics of education and labor economics includes studying the impact of Boston charter schools on special education students and English Language Learners, the scaling of the Boston charter sector, and the effects of education technology. Her research has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, The 74, NPR, and other news outlets.

Ruchi_SinghType of Mentoring: Research Guidance, Job Document Review, Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students

I am an Assistant Professor of Real Estate at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. I received my Ph.D. in Economics and M.S. in Statistics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. Before coming to US for Ph.D., I worked as an economist at ICICI Bank, India. I received a B.A. degree from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and a M.A. degree from Delhi School of Economics.
My research interests lie broadly in the areas of urban economics, real estate and applied econometrics. My current research focuses on crime, natural disaster, housing affordability and property tax.

David_SluskyType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students

David Slusky researches three areas: 1) access to healthcare (women's health clinic closures lower preventive care and raise the unmarried birth rate, Uber availability lowers ambulances usage rates, and Catholic hospitals have lower tubal ligation rates); 2) infrastructure and environment (the Flint water crisis lowers the birth rate, and sunlight lowers asthma); and 3) insurance (the Medicaid expansion reduces medical divorce and improves health, and eligibility for disability insurance raises disability rates).  He received a B.S. in physics and international studies from Yale University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

Jonathan_SmithType of Mentoring: Not Specified
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students

Jonathan Smith is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Georgia State University and faculty affiliate with the Georgia Policy Labs.  His research focuses on the behavioral and institutional factors that determine how students transition from high school to college and the consequences of those decisions. Prior to GSU, he worked as a Policy Research Scientist at the College Board. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in economics from Boston University and a B.A. in economics from Tufts University.  I've been so lucky with mentors and co-authors that I'd like to pay forward some of my good fortune.

Leanna_StiefelType of Mentoring: Job Document Review, Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students

Leanna Stiefel is an applied economist who studies K-12 education policy and issues. She is currently studying reforms of special education policy in New York City, reforms centered on creating small high schools, and the effects of housing instability and student mobility on academic performance.  She has taught applied econometrics, public finance, economics of education among others to NYU MPA students. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her AB degree with high honors from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and holds an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business.

Lesley_TurnerType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development, Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
I greatly benefited from a number of mentors throughout my time as a PhD student and assistant professor and would love to be able to help other junior scholars in the same way.  I am an Associate Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University, faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and CESifo research affiliate. My research broadly considers the roles that government should play in providing and financing education. Recent projects examine how incentives built into the structure of higher education financing affect students and colleges, and the implications these responses have for students’ educational outcomes, loan debt, and labor market outcomes. My work on K–12 education policy has examined the impact of school accountability measures on student achievement, of incentive pay for teachers on student achievement and teacher effort, and of school and classroom gender composition on student achievement. I graduated from a joint BA/MPP program at the University of Michigan in 2005, received my PhD in Economics from Columbia University in 2012, and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland from 2012 to 2019 (receiving tenure in 2019).


Allison_AtteberryType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students

Allison Atteberry is an assistant professor in the Research and Evaluation Methodology (REM) program, within the CU-Boulder School of Education. She received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the Stanford School of Education in educational policy analysis, with a minor in statistics. In terms of methods, Dr. Atteberry teaches and uses both econometric and statistical approaches to education policy analysis. She has a particular interest in the estimation of education production functions in the context of value-added modeling, as well as randomized control trials, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, propensity score matching, fixed effects, and difference-in-differences causal models. Dr. Atteberry also uses hierarchical linear models given their unique suitability for asking sociological questions in nested settings (e.g., repeated observations nested within students, nested within schools, etc.).  Dr. Atteberry’s academic interests center on policies and interventions that are intended to help provide effective teachers to the students who need them most. This has led her to focus on the identification, selection, development, and retention of teachers who have measurable impacts on student achievement. Specific topics include teacher preparation, high quality professional development, mentoring and peer collaboration, efforts to use measures of effectiveness formatively to improve practice, policies that target district responses to teachers and schools based on measures of effectiveness, and incentives for the strongest teachers to work in hard-to-serve schools.

Sarah Cordes, Assistant Professor, Temple University
Sarah_CordesType of Mentoring: Research Guidance 
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Sarah A. Cordes is currently an Assistant Professor at Temple University’s College of Education in the department of Policy, Organizational, and Leadership Studies. Her research focuses on the ways in which the urban context, including school choice, transportation, housing, and neighborhoods affect student outcomes. Her current projects explore the effects of pupil transportation on student outcomes and school choice; the effects of diverse by design charter schools on students’ educational performance and attainment; the effects of charter schools on neighborhood and school segregation; and the effects of housing vouchers on both K-12 and postsecondary outcomes. Her research has been funded by the Institute for Education Sciences, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Arnold Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation.  Prior to joining Temple, she was a fellow in the Institute of Education Sciences’ Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis. Professor Cordes received her PhD in Public Policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

Pat_GibsonType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

As director of data and policy, Patrick leads the Connecticut School Finance Project’s data team and is responsible for overseeing the organization’s analysis of state, local, and federal data, as well as the development of accessible and informative tools and visualizations to present data insights and findings to a wide range of audiences. Additionally, Patrick leads the organization’s work in providing custom data analysis for state and local policymakers and other external stakeholders, and works closely with the Connecticut School Finance Project’s executive director and deputy executive director to align data and research efforts with all organizational teams, functions, and priorities.

Kristina_PattersonType of Mentoring: Research Guidance, Job Document Review
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

I received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. My primary research interests are focused on opportunities for the development of civic identity, skills, and knowledge, particularly for underserved populations and members of historically marginalized groups. I also research education policy with a focus on teacher preparation as well as equity in K-12 education and have experience with program evaluation. I currently teach undergraduate and graduate courses in public policy, public and nonprofit management, community development, and public administration in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies at Georgia Southern University. I have volunteered to be a mentor because I know graduate school and life after graduate school can be lonely and difficult to navigate and I would like to provide support to others in that position.

Michah_RothbartType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Michah W. Rothbart is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. His research and teaching interests are in public finance and financial management, particularly in the field of education policy. His current research includes studying the impact of school choice on school budgets, the effect of school finance reforms on district funding, the consequences of food safety compliance grades in New York City, and the impact of universal free meals on student outcomes. He looks forward to meeting aspiring scholars to discuss how to go about a career in research.

Sabrina_SolankiType of Mentoring: Not Specified 
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Sabrina is an IES Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on higher education policy, teacher effectiveness, STEM education, and the evaluation of education interventions. Sabrina received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. While serving as an academic counselor through the UCLA Early Academic Outreach Program, Sabrina developed an interest in working with young adults. This experience motivated her to continue to impact young adults by becoming a public high school teacher after graduating with her MAT at the University of California, Irvine. Sabrina developed the economics program at Beckman High School, where she taught both AP Microeconomics and CP Economics for seven years. Sabrina’s experience as an educator allowed her to work with a diverse group of students. In doing so, she saw the challenges that the education system faces in educating all students equally. This motivated her to seek to better understand the problems in our education system and how to evaluate effective, evidence-based solutions. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Sabrina received her Master’s in Public Policy from UCI. Her capstone project revolved around the impact of University Bridge Programs on college success for low-income, first-generation students.

Patrick_WolfType of Mentoring: Research Guidance, Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students

Patrick J. Wolf is a Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  He received his doctorate in Political Science from Harvard University in 1995 and previously taught at Columbia and Georgetown.  Wolf mainly leads rigorous longitudinal evaluations of private school voucher programs.  Recently he has focused on the effects of school choice on important non-cognitive student outcomes such as civic values, criminal behavior, and educational attainment.  He has co-authored or co-edited five books and over 180 journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports on education, research methodology, and public management topics.  His most recent book is School Choice: Separating Fact from Fiction (Routledge, 2019).  Wolf has received the Best Article Award of the Academy of Management’s Public and Nonprofit Management Division and the Significant Research Award from the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas.  He has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress five times and before committees of state legislatures 19 times. 


Employment & Training Programs

John_MartinezType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Martinez, who joined MDRC in 1997, is an expert in project incubation and start-up and serves as a senior advisor to many of MDRC’s youth focused projects. As Director of Program Development, Martinez plays a key role in new program development across MDRC’s five policy areas and oversees MDRC’s grants-management and funder-relations functions. Prior to his current role, he served as deputy director of MDRC’s Youth Development, Criminal Justice and Employment Policy Area, where he focused predominantly on projects targeting young people, including young people with disabilities and those in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Martinez is a Vice-President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s Policy Council and currently serves as the chair of its diversity committee. He is also the former chair of the board of directors of the National Youth Employment Coalition. Before joining MDRC, Martinez conducted research in a substance-abuse treatment center and in a community health center with patients with schizophrenia. He began his career as a food stamp eligibility worker. Martinez holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Virginia.


Family & Child Policy

IRMA_ARTEAGAType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Dr. Arteaga is an Associate Professor at the Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri. She earned a Master in Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. She received the Jernberg Fellowship, the Mary and Robert Litterman Fellowship and the Graduate School Fellowship to support her studies.  Her research seeks to understand the consequences of early childhood investments over the life course. Specifically, Dr. Arteaga examines the role of contextual factors and program dosage, intensity, and components on children’s well-being. Her research agenda has three dominant themes: analysis of the short-term effects of early childhood interventions and program delivery on children’s well-being, analysis of the long-term effects of child policy on children’s well-being, and analysis of early childhood investments in the developing world. USDA and the World Bank have funded her work. Dr. Arteaga has given advice to the governments of Guatemala and Panama on the design of health programs that aimed to reduce maternal and infant mortality for rural and indigenous population. Her work has been published in various journals including Science, Social Science & Medicine, Economics of Education Review, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Population Research and Policy Review, and Children and Youth Services Review, among others.

Matthew_StagnerType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Matthew Stagner directs Mathematica’s Chicago office. He is a nationally known expert on youth development and risk behaviors, child welfare, teen pregnancy prevention, evaluation design, and the role of research in policymaking.  He is the current president of APPAM and passionate about the career development of the next generation of policy scholars.  His work focuses on policies and programs for vulnerable youth, such as those transitioning out of foster care.  Prior to joining Mathematica, Stagner served as executive director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and as a senior lecturer at the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Stagner also served as director of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute and director of the Division of Children and Youth Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  Among his many professional activities and honors, Stagner is a member of the Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research Technical Working Group in the Office of Policy Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, DHHS. He has also served as a reviewer for the Children and Youth Services Review, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.  While at HHS, Stagner received the National Partnership for Reinventing Government “Hammer Award” for his help in creating the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, as well as the Commendable Service Award. He holds a Ph.D. from the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.


Government & Politics

Liza_BriggsLiza Briggs, Social Scientist, Headquarters Marine Corps
Type of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Dr. Liza Briggs is a civilian Social Scientist at the U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters (USMC HQ) Intelligence department (I Dept.) Insider Threat program (InTP) in Quantico, Virginia.  She has over a decade of experience providing research to support policy makers.  Her prior experience includes work at U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Department of State (DOS), Broadcast Board of Governors (BBG), National Defense University (NDU), non-government and private sector entities.  Dr. Briggs holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University, a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a PhD in International Policy Studies from The University of Maryland- College Park. Dr. Briggs has conducted research in over 20 countries.  She is a native English speaker and highly proficient in French.

Jenni_OwenType of Mentoring: Not Specified
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students

Jenni Owen serves as policy director for North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.  At Duke, Owen is Director of Policy Engagement and on the faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy, where she focuses on enhancing interaction among research, policy, and practice.  She works with government, non-profit, and university stakeholders to enhance the use of research to inform and positively affect policy and practice, particularly on issues concerning disadvantaged and vulnerable children and families. In addition to teaching and advising undergraduates and graduate students, she directs the North Carolina Family Impact Seminar, a legislative education initiative, and co-directs the Duke University School Research Partnership. From 2008-2014, she was the director of the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium. Owen is the principal investigator for an Oak Foundation-funded effort focused on non-profit capacity building and a John Rex Endowment project on children’s positive mental health. From 2003-2008, she was the PI for the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation’s Professional Development Initiative. She has served as a consultant to the University of North Carolina system, the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, and the North Carolina Network of Grantmakers. In 2007 she was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship to South Africa and in 2010 launched DukeEngage Durban (South Africa), an annual immersive service program for undergraduates. 


Health Policy

Laura_DagueType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

I received my PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research is in health economics, with a focus on the economics of health insurance and Medicaid.  I am currently an associate professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, where I am also appointed in the Department of Economics, a Health Policy Research Program Scholar in Department of Health Policy and Management, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Health Systems & Design. I am a faculty affiliate at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Institute for Research on Poverty. I am also a Faculty Research Fellow in the NBER's Health Economics program and an associate editor at the Journal of Health Economics.

Michal_HornyType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students

Michal Horný is a health services researcher and health economist interested in the affordability of health care and its consequences. His work examines how health policy, provider incentives (payment models), and patient incentives (cost-sharing and other aspects of health insurance benefit design) impact the use of care and ultimately health outcomes. He is also interested in drivers of health care spending and the assessment of the value of care. Michal is currently an Affiliate Research Fellow at the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. He received his master's degree in Stochastics and Financial Mathematics in 2012 from VU University Amsterdam and his Ph.D. in Health Services Research in 2017 from Boston University School of Public Health.

Daniel_Lopez-CevallosType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

I serve as Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at Oregon State University. My research focuses on the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and other socioeconomic and sociocultural constructs, and their relationship to health and health care issues. Furthermore, I am interested in the development and implementation of community, institutional, and policy-level strategies to better serve Latinx and other marginalized communities.

Erika_MartinType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

As an applied health policy researcher, Erika Martin uses mixed methods to evaluate issues related to the allocation of scarce public health resources, the adoption and impact of public health policies, and ways to improve the sustainability and impact of open health data initiatives. Her work in HIV policy includes examining the fairness and flexibility of funding formulas, interstate variation in state HIV programs, the budget impact of expanded HIV screening on public programs, how the Affordable Care Act will affect HIV care, the impact of New York's HIV testing law and Ending the Epidemic policy strategies, and the evolution of New York's opioid overdose policy response, and evidence for  to opioid overdosesystems-level opioid policies. In addition to her HIV policy research, she studies how public health agencies can release open data in a way that is more usable and fit for public health research, the effectiveness of Medicaid waiver programs, and other public health topics. She has considerable experience working with government clients to translate evidence-based research into practice. She enjoys mentoring post-doctoral, PhD, masters, and undergraduate students in various advising roles, writes a “PhD Hacks” blog for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and looks forward to connecting with junior scholars from other universities.

Lisa_ZingmanType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Lisa Zingman is currently a Social Science Research Analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. She previously was the Policy Coordinator in the HHS Office of Adolescent Health and an Associate Analyst at Abt Associates. She is passionate about addressing the social determinants of health of children and families, especially by implementing and evaluating evidence-based programs and policies and partnership engagement. Ms. Zingman holds a BA from Tufts University, and a MSPH in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is loves mentoring students especially those interested in non-academic public policy careers.


Housing & Community Development

Sudhanshu_HandaType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
I have 25 years of experience in international development both in academia and out. I worked for UNICEF in their global research office in Innocenti (Italy) for three years, and as their Regional Social Policy Advisor for Eastern & Southern Africa in Nairobi. I also worked at the IADB for three years, and for IFPRI. I can provide guidance on career paths in academia, policy and programming. I currently lead a large multi-country research and policy initiative entitled The Transfer Project. 
Stephanie_MoultonType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students

Stephanie Moulton is an associate professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, a faculty affiliate of the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin, and a visiting scholar at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank. Her research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of housing and consumer finance policies and programs, with an emphasis on vulnerable populations.  Her current research focuses on homeownership and mortgages for older adults, including reverse mortgages, and homeownership programs and foreclosure interventions administered by state housing finance agencies. She has served as principal investigator for numerous studies estimating the impact of financial interventions on household outcomes, including evaluations with the National League of Cities, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Moulton received her PhD from Indiana University in 2008.



Laura_PeckType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students

Laura R. Peck, Ph.D., is a Principal Scientist at Abt Associates and has 24 years of experience evaluating social welfare and employment policies and programs, both in research and academic settings.  Prior to work at Abt, she was a tenured Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Arizona State University. A policy analyst by training, Dr. Peck specializes in innovative ways to estimate program impacts in experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations, and she applies this to many social safety net programs. Dr. Peck is the PI, Co-PI and Director of Analysis for several major national evaluations for the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Housing and Urban Development.  Peck is a co-author of a public policy text-book and is well-published on program evaluation topics.  She earned her Ph.D. from the Wagner Graduate School at New York University. Peck has served as a mentor to APPAM participants in the past as well as serving on panels for the APPAM student track and hopes that reflecting on her own career experiences (in both academic and private research) can provide insights for others.


Natural Resource, Environment, & Energy

Omar Asensio, Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology
Heather Campbell, Professor & Chair, Claremont Graduate University
Sanya Carley, Professor & Director of MPA Programs, Indiana University - Bloomington
Christopher Galik, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University
Gilbert Michaud, Assistant Professor, Ohio University 

Population & Migration

Emily Wornell, Research Assistant Professor, Ball State University

Poverty & Income Policy

Scott Allard, Professor, University of Washington - Evans School
Colleen Heflin, Professor, Syracuse University
Jeonghee Kim, Associate Professor, Rutgers University
Breanca Merritt, Clinical Assistant Professor, Indianan Univesity & Purdue University Indianapolis

Public & Nonprofit Management

Stuart Bretschneider, Professor, Arizona State University
Jason Coupet, Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University
Rachel Fyall, Assistant Professor, University of Washington - Evans School
Sebastian Jilke, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University
Agustin Leon-Moreta, Professor, University of New Mexico
Matt Young, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University

Science & Technology

Thomas Woodson, Assistant Professor, Stony Brook University

Social Equality & Race


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