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Thank you for your interest in the Positions in Policy (PIP) program. Below is the list of job seekers who will be attending the 2019 APPAM Fall Research Conference.  This webpage will update as new job seekers are submitted.  It is up to institutions to reach out to candidates.  There is interview space available at the conference on a first-come, first-served basis.  To reserve interview space please complete this form and email it to Gabbie Sylvester at gsylvester@appam.org.
 
Job seekers are listed by self-reported employment sector of interest (Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, and Non-Profit/NGO) which link to the profiles below.  Their full profiles, including policy focuses, biographies, and CVs, are listed in alphabetical order by last name.  All of the individuals listed are registered to attend the 2019 APPAM Fall Research Conference.  
 
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Job Seekers (alphabetical by last name):

Yuhao Ba, PhD Student, North Carolina State University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Natural Resource Security/Engergy & Environmental Policy; Politics, Media, & the Policy Process
  • Email: yba@ncsu.edu
  • Phone: (412) 932-4833
  • Bio: Yuhao Ba is a doctoral candidate in Public Administration at North Carolina State University. He holds a Master in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in Public Administration from Tongji University. His research centers on environmental policy, non-state environmental governance, policy process, and research methods. His teaching interests are around public policy, public administration, and research methods.
  • CV: Click here

Anna Bolgrien, PhD Student, University of Minnesota 

  • Employment Interests: Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Population/Migration Issues; Methodology/Analysis
  • Email: bolgrien@umn.edu
  • Phone:
  • Bio: My research focuses on the design and production of demographic data to answer policy questions.  For my dissertation, I designed and conducted primary data collection of children's perspectives through innovative survey methods in Tanzania, Brazil, and Nepal.  On the IPUMS-International project, I integrate and harmonize international census data.  I am looking for interdisciplinary positions to create and improve surveys, measurement, and data collection, both domestic and internationally.
  • CV: Click here

Paul Bruno, PhD Student, University of Southern California

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education
  • Email: pbruno@usc.edu
  • Phone: (510) 282-3122
  • Bio: Paul Bruno graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with degrees in cell biology and philosophy, and returned to Berkeley to earn his MA and teaching credential. After receiving his certification, he taught middle school science for five years in Oakland and Los Angeles. A growing interest in education policy led him back to graduate school at the University of Southern California to earn a MA in economics. He is now a PhD candidate in urban education policy at USC's Rossier School.
  • CV: Click here

Chandrayee Chatterjee, PhD Student, Georgia State University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Employment/Training Programs; Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: cchatterjee1@gsu.edu
  • Phone: (404) 322-5275
  • Bio: Chandrayee Chatterjee is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at Georgia State University.  Her research interests involve studying the unintended consequences of policies in the field of labor and health. She uses rigorous empirical techniques as well as experimental methods to study the spillover effects of policies. Her current research studies the unintended consequences of affirmative action policies on performance and of health reforms on marital behavior.
  • CV: Click here

Emily Cook, PhD Student, University of Virginia

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Methodology/Analysis
  • Email: emilycook@virginia.edu
  • Phone: (540) 308-0807
  • Bio: I am a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of Virginia.  My research utilizes methods and models drawn from the fields of industrial organization and labor economics to study questions about market structure and competition, college choice, admissions, tuition, and financial aid in the United States higher education market.
  • CV: Click here

Jennifer Darling-Aduana, PhD Student, Vanderbilt University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Science/Technology
  • Email: jennifer.s.darling@vandetbilt.edu
  • Phone: (847) 372-5782
  • Bio: I am a Ph.D. candidate in the department of Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at Vanderbilt University. My research focuses on the equity implications of K-12 educational policies and practices, such as the widespread expansion of digital learning, as well as the more micro student-teacher and student-curriculum interactions that inadvertently contribute to social reproduction in the classroom. I received the AERA Dissertation Grant for my dissertation on online learning.
  • CV: Click here

Nathaniel Decker, PhD Student, University of California - Berkeley

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Housing/Community Development; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: ndecker@berkeley.edu
  • Phone: (315) 525-2912
  • Bio: After getting my Master’s in urban planning from Cornell, I worked for four years in multifamily housing finance and advisory work, structuring affordable deals and advising private and public clients on real estate, policy, and finance in New York. I then began the PhD in planning program in urban planning at UC Berkeley and am currently completing my dissertation. My research focuses on the impact of technology and policy in rental housing markets.
  • CV: Click here

Elizabeth Doran, PhD Student, Columbia University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Family/Child Policy; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: eld2159@columbia.edu
  • Phone: (804) 339-4585
  • Bio: Elizabeth Doran is a doctoral candidate in social policy and policy analysis at the Columbia School of Social Work. Her research aims to provide robust evidence on work-family policies – such as paid family leave, childcare, and flexible work scheduling – focusing particularly on low-income populations. Her anticipated graduation day is May 2020.
  • CV: Click here

Lily Fesler, PhD Student, Stanford University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Methodology/Analysis; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: lfester@stanford.edu
  • Phone: (781) 799-0208
  • Bio: Lily Fesler is a doctoral candidate in economics of education at the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She uses quasi-experimental and computational methods to study the factors that influence students' trajectories from high school through college. She interns at the College Board and previously worked at Abt Associates and Compass Lexecon.  She is a NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellow, an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Fellow, and received her MA in economics from Stanford.
  • CV: Click here

Leslie Finger, Postdoc/Lecturer, Harvard University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Education; Public/Nonprofit Management & Finance
  • Email: lfinger@fas.harvard.edu
  • Phone:
  • Bio: I am a Lecturer on Government and Social Studies at Harvard. My research focuses on interest groups and the politics of education. I received my Ph.D. in 2017 from the Harvard Government Department, where I was awarded the Charles Sumner Dissertation Prize. I have published in journals such as Policy Studies Journal and Perspectives on Politics. I currently teach undergrad seminars on the politics of education. I am the founder and chair of the APSA Education Politics & Policy Related Group.
  • CV: Click here

Amanda Grittner, PhD Student, Duke University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Criminal Justice & Drugs; Education; Employment/Training Programs; Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Housing/Community Development; Methodology/Analysis; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: amanda.grittner@duke.edu
  • Phone: (919) 808-7577
  • Bio: Amanda Grittner is a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Duke University. She uses microeconomic methods to address questions in immigration, gender, education, and health. Amanda’s job market paper investigates how immigration enforcement affects domestic violence survivors’ use of public services and incidence of intimate partner homicide. She has also studied refugee integration into schools in Germany and intra-household dynamics. Prior to Duke, Amanda worked as an Economist for Analysis Group.
  • CV: Click here

Denisha Hobbs, Master's Student, University of Baltimore

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government
  • Career Level: Student/Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Health Policy
  • Email: denishahobbs23@gmail.com
  • Phone: (443) 924-9796
  • Bio: Denisha Hobbs is a Master of Public Administration candidate at the College of Public Affairs at the University of Baltimore. Her research interests in public policy include health and aging policy, education policy, and drug policy. With her background in Gerontology from Towson University, Denisha has worked and advocated for the health and wellness of the older adult community. She also had the opportunity to visit Capitol Hill where she advocated for policy issues surrounding education.
  • CV: Click here

Xiaoning Huang, PhD Student, Columbia University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: xh2278@columbia.edu
  • Phone: (213) 509-2996
  • Bio: I study social welfare policy concerning international migrants to suggest structural changes that enhance social and human capital development in a context of global society. I use applied microeconometrics, multi-level modeling, and structural equation modeling for my analyses. I transform and disseminate research findings by teaching classes and organizing workshops on social policy, program development, entrepreneurship, and social documentary filmmaking.
  • CV: Click here

Jordan Jones, PhD Student, Georgia State University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Health Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: jjones264@gsu.edu
  • Phone: (256) 288-6251
  • Bio: My interests lie primarily in U.S. safety net programs, how they meet and fall short of their goals, and how policymakers can adjust them to perform better. My research examines various effects of these programs – especially SNAP – on participants and other involved parties. In my dissertation, I exploit detailed variation in state SNAP policy to study its aggregate effects on food retailers, mortality rates, and Medicaid enrollment and spending. Please visit jordanwjones.com to learn more.
  • CV: Click here

Juniper Katz, PhD Student, University of Colorado - Denver

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Natural Resource Security/Energy & Environmental Policy; Politics, Media, & the Policy Process; Public/Nonprofit Management & Finance
  • Email: juniper.katz@ucdenver.edu
  • Phone: (970) 676-8065
  • Bio: Juniper is a PhD candidate, research assistant, and instructor at University of Colorado Denver. Before returning to graduate school, Juniper worked in land conservation and was an executive director of a nonprofit. Juniper’s research interests include environmental policy, implementation, and nonprofit financial management. Her dissertation focuses on the effects of policy implementation on civic behavior.
  • CV: Click here

Jacob Kirksey, PhD Student, University of California - Santa Barbara

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research 
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education
  • Email: jjkirksey@ucsb.edu
  • Phone:
  • Bio: Jacob Kirksey is a PhD candidate in the Department of Education and a graduate research fellow with the National Science Foundation. At the heart of his research are the questions: Who is left out of consideration of mainstream education policy? What are the consequences? What can we do about it? His research has examined the preparation of new teachers to support inclusive classrooms, spillover effects of immigration enforcement, and the determinants and consequences of absenteeism.
  • CV: Click here

Nicardo McInnis, PhD Student, Georgia State University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: nmcinnis1@student.gsu.edu
  • Phone: (404) 573-6433
  • Bio: Nicardo McInnis is a Doctoral candidate in Economics at Georgia State University. His research utilizes quasi-experimental methods to study issues in health, labor, and public economics, with a strong focus on income and safety net programs. In his dissertation, he examines the impact of income received at different stages in the life-cycle on long-term health. His work also makes methodological contributions in the application of missing data techniques with biennial surveys.
  • CV: Click here

Thuy Nguyen, Postdoc, Indiana University - Bloomington

  • Employment Interests: Academic 
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Criminal Justice & Drugs; Health Policy
  • Email: thdnguye@indiana.edu
  • Phone:(314) 817-6859
  • Bio: I am a postdoctoral fellow at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington, specializing in health economics and policy evaluation. My research focuses on incentive issues of healthcare providers, including incentivized medical-fraud enforcement, regulations on drug marketing, restrictions on opioid prescribing, and corruption. My research has been published in Small Business Economics, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Addiction, and JSAT.
  • CV: Click here

Emmi Obara, PhD Student, University of Washington

  • Employment Interests:  Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Criminal Justice & Drugs; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: eobara@uw.edu
  • Phone: (425) 213-0620
  • Bio: Emmi Obara is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy and Management at the Evans School at the University of Washington. She is interested in social policy with a focus on policies that affect incarceration and reentry, such as criminal justice, poverty, and racial inequality. Prior to joining the program, Emmi worked at a social policy research firm, MEF Associates, where she conducted research on reentry, child support, TANF, employment and training, adult education, and youth violence prevention.
  • CV: Click here

Maya Portillo, Master's Student, New York University

  • Employment Interests: Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student/Entry Level/Mid-Level
  • Policy Interests: Education; Employment/Training Programs; Family/Child Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Politics, Media, & the Policy Process; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy; Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: mp4888@nyu.edu
  • Phone: (219) 895-6944
  • Bio: I am currently pursuing my Master’s in Public and Non-Profit Management with a specialization in Policy Analysis and certification in Quantitative Methods and Evaluation at NYU. Concurrently, I work as a research analyst in an early childhood education lab at NYU Steinhardt. I primarily work on projects pertaining to community literacy interventions in everyday spaces within marginalized communities. Post-graduation, I strive to work in education policy either in government or in a non-profit.
  • CV: Click here

Anna Marie Ramos, PhD Student, University of California - Davis

  • Employment Interests: Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Employment/Training Programs; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: amiramos@ucdavis.edu
  • Phone: 
  • Bio: As a former research assistant for MDRC, I have a strong foundation in statewide policy and higher education program evaluation. Through aiding in large-scale, IES-funded studies, I gained confidence in my ability to research best practices with input from various educational stakeholders. My graduate school training then equipped me to think critically about research methods and design studies that complement my line of inquiry.
  • CV: Click here

Natalee Rivera, Master's Student, New York University

  • Employment Interests: Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student/Mid-Level
  • Policy Interests: Criminal Justice & Drugs; Politics, Media, & the Policy Process; Poverty/Income Policy; Science/Technology; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: nr1934@nyu.edu
  • Phone: (917) 239-4836
  • Bio: Natalee Rivera is an MPA student specializing in Public Policy Analysis at NYU Wagner. Natalee is a David Bohnett Public Service Fellow and the Chair of Wagner's Association of Latinx Students & Allies in Public Service. She most recently served as a Legislative Intern at the New York City Council Women's Caucus and as a Graduate Fellow at the NYC Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity. Natalee received her BA in Anthropology and a minor in Ethnicity and Race Studies from Columbia University.
  • CV: Click here

Matthew Ross, Assistant Professor, New York University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Entry Level/Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Criminal Justice & Drugs; Employment/Training Programs; Methodology/Analysis; Science/Technology; Social Equality/Race 
  • Email: mbr1@nyu.edu
  • Phone: (978) 888-8517
  • Bio: I am currently an Assistant Professor of Research in the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University. I am an applied microeconomist and my training is in labor and urban economics, but I consider myself to be an interdisciplinary scholar. My career is largely motivated by the idea that rigorous empirical analysis can impact the lives of real people through informed public policy. I have a broad set of quantitative skills and I am extremely passionate about both teaching and research.
  • CV: Click here

David Schwegman, PhD Student, Syracuse University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: djschweg@syr.edu
  • Phone: (860) 559-6507
  • Bio: I am a Ph.D. candidate in Public Administration at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and I specialize in state and local public finance, financial management, and experimental and quantitative methods. I have also developed significant expertise in experimental studies of discrimination and education finance and policy. My dissertation, to be defended in April 2020.
  • CV: Click here
Sarale Sewell, Experienced Policy Researcher
  • Employment Interests: Government
  • Career Level: Mid-Level/Senior Level
  • Policy Interests: Education; Housing/ Community Development; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email:shsewell@gmail.com
  • Phone: (202) 999-8892
  • Bio: I am an experienced policy researcher with nearly 10 years of policy/research experience in various sectors, including a policy research organization/think tank, a nonprofit, and at a government agency. I have a strong background in housing and community development issues, as well as issues pertaining to equity and discrimination. I have been the co-author or lead author on a handful of reports on a variety of topics.
  • CV: Click here

Brittany Thompson, PhD Student, George Mason University

  • Employment Interests: Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Proft/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Family/Child Policy; Methodology/Analysis
  • Email: bthomp22@masonlive.gmu.edu
  • Phone: (443) 223-0002
  • Bio: I am a Doctoral Candidate (4th year Ph.D. student) in Applied Developmental Psychology at George Mason University. My research focus has been on preschoolers' pretend play, but I have a strong statistical and methodological background as well. My main project has been better operationalizing pretend play to assist in producing causal research and determining its developmental progression. Before graduate school, I worked for four years, so I do have some real-world work experience.
  • CV: Click here

Sam Trejo, PhD Student, Stanford University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: samtrejo@stanford.edu
  • Phone: (512) 804-8185
  • Bio: Sam Trejo is a PhD candidate in Economics and Education at Stanford University in the Center for Education Policy Analysis. Sam specializes in applied econometrics and causal inference and has two main bodies of active research, which often overlap. The first body of work focuses the role of educational and health policy in reducing economic and social inequality. The second body of work investigates how combining social science and biological methods can inform public policy.
  • CV: Click here

Lucy Xiaolu Wang, PhD Student, Cornell University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Health Policy; Innovation; Science/Technology
  • Email: xw377@cornell.edu
  • Phone: (832) 564-7288
  • Bio: I am a Ph.D. candidate in economics on the 2019-2020 job market. My research focuses on the economics of innovation & digitization in health care markets. I study theory-motivated empirical questions investigating the causes and consequences of innovation & digitization in biopharmaceutical and digital health industries in the context of HIV drug bundling, the opioid crisis, and innovation in the shadow of litigation.
  • CV: Click here

Anastasia Wilson, PhD Student, University of Massachusetts

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Criminal Justice & Drugs; Education; Employment/Training Programs; Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Housing/Community Development; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: anastasw@gmail.com
  • Phone: (413) 348-2860
  • Bio: I am a PhD Candidate in Economics at the University of Massachusetts. I expect to defend my dissertation on the "Economics and Political Economy of the School-to-Prison Pipeline" during Spring 2020. I am interested in the fields of applied microeconomics, economics of education, labor economics, political economy, and the economics of racial stratification and inequality. I am interested in work relevant to both the fields of economics and public policy.
  • CV: Click here
 
 
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