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Find Your Next Star with APPAM!

 
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):

Rahi Abouk, Associate Professor, William Paterson University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Mid-level
  • Policy Interests: Health Policy
  • Email: aboukr@wpunj.edu
  • Phone: (414) 334-4670
  • Bio: Rahi Abouk’s research interests lie in health economics and the economics of substance abuse. He explores determining factors and consequences associated with individuals’ health-related behaviors. He investigates the effect of public policies targeting electronic and conventional cigarettes, alcohol, cannabis, and opioid drugs. He is currently working on research focused on the labor market effects of legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes and the effect on children and youths.
  • CV: Click here

Riley Acton, PhD Student, Michigan State University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Education; Employment/Training Programs; Methodology/Analysis
  • Email: actonril@msu.edu
  • Phone: (978) 844-2379
  • Bio: I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in economics at Michigan State University and am on the job market during the 2019-2020 academic year. As an applied microeconomist, I use data and empirical methods to answer policy-relevant questions in the fields of education policy, labor economics, and public economics. Please find more information about me on my website: www.rileyacton.com. I look forward to hearing from you!
  • CV: Click here

Besufekad Alemu, PhD Student, University of Minnesota

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student 
  • Policy Interests: Education; Methodology/Analysis; Population/Migration Issues; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: alemu005@umn.edu
  • Phone: (718) 208-0900
  • Bio: I am a PhD Candidate in Applied Economics with a focus on labor economics and education. I have extensive experience applying advanced quantitative and econometrics methods to confidential administrative data from multiple state agencies in a Midwestern State. I am a lead researcher on a project investigating how coding policies on absences affect racial disparities in referral to child protective services. I am also a research assistant at the Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation.
  • CV: Click here

Erkmen Aslim, Associate Professor, Minerva Schools at KGI

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research, 
  • Career Level: Entry Level/Mid-Level/Senior Level
  • Policy Interests: Criminal, Justice, and Drugs; Health Policy
  • Email: easlim@tamu.edu
  • Phone: (603) 205-3708
  • Bio: I am an Assistant Professor of Economics at Minerva Schools at KGI, and a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Private Enterprise Research Center (PERC) at Texas A&M University. I am a health economist who specializes in research on health insurance and health care policy. Much of my research focuses on the effects of health insurance reform on the evolution of labor supply decisions, health care outcomes, and crime.
  • CV: Click here

Andre Assumpcao, PhD Student, University of North Carolina

  • Employment Interests: Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Mid-Level/Senior Level
  • Policy Interests: Criminal, Justice, and Drugs; Housing/Community Development; Methodology/Analysis; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: aassumpcao@unc.edu
  • Phone: (857) 200-7739
  • Bio: I am interested in data science jobs doing policy research outside of academia. I employ text analysis, causal inference, and machine learning techniques in my research, and would love to continue applying these techniques to solve social science problems in a non-academic environment. I am proficient in Python, R, Unix, Stata, HTML/CSS, and you can find my software and work at github.com/aassumpcao. I am very happy to relocate as well and would love to discuss my qualifications further.
  • CV: Click here

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

Andrew Bacher-Hicks, PhD Student, Harvard University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Criminal, Justice, and Drugs; Education; Employment/Training Programs; Methodology/Analysis; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: abacherhicks@g.harvard.edu
  • Phone: (717) 725-2682
  • Bio: I am a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. My research interests include economics of education, labor economics, and urban economics.  My research addresses inequality in K-12 public education, with a focus on teacher labor markets and the link between crime and education.
  • CV: Click here

Briana Ballis, PhD Student, University of California - Davis

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Entry Level, Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Education; Health Policy; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: bmballis@ucdavis.edu
  • Phone: (631) 697-4036
  • Bio: I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at University of California, Davis. My research areas are labor economics and the economics of education. I strive to understand the educational investment decisions of less advantaged groups and how policies affect these decisions.  I hold a master’s degree in Economics and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Relations from Boston University.
  • CV: Click here

Emily Bell, Postdoctoral Associate, Duke University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process
  • Email: emily.bell@duke.edu
  • Phone: (520) 208-1623
  • Bio: My research focuses on how leadership and belief systems in collaborative and coordinated processes shape adoption and implementation of policy innovations. This work is set largely in the context of adaptive management and hazard mitigation processes relating to pressures such as rapid urbanization, climate variability, and extreme weather events. To address core questions in my work, I use social network analysis, linear modeling, and automated text analysis.
  • CV: Click here

Neil Bennett, PhD Student, University of California - Irvine

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level:  Entry Level, Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Criminal, Justice, and Drugs; Population/Migration Issues
  • Email: nmbennet@uci.edu
  • Phone: (208) 529-6806
  • Bio: I’m a PhD candidate in the economics department at University of California, Irvine. My research is focused on migration and immigration. I have researched how migration from Mexico to the United States can be explained by weather shocks, and how a migration decision in the US might be determined by social policies. My job market paper explores the relationship between local immigration policies, local law enforcement, and establishment raids conducted by ICE. My website is nmbennett.github.io.
  • CV: Click here

Staphanie Blaher, PhD Student, University of Maryland Baltimore County

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Entry Level, Mid-level
  • Policy Interests: Education
  • Email: sblaher1@umbc.edu
  • Phone: (571) 259-7999
  • Bio: This fall semester will be my last semester of coursework toward a PhD in public policy with an emphasis on education policy. I have worked in higher education administration for 8 years and my educational focus has been on the sociological impacts of education policy. For my dissertation, I hope to study the impacts of women's experiences within STEM degree programs on their decisions to leave such programs for other fields (and how we might be able to remedy the high attrition rate).
  • CV: Click here

Joshua Bleiberg, PhD Student, Vanderbilt University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education
  • Email: joshua.f.bleiberg@vanderbilt.edu
  • Phone: (610) 733-6368
  • Bio: Joshua Bleiberg is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Leadership, Policy, & Organization at Vanderbilt University. His dissertation focuses on estimating the effects of national standards-based reforms (e.g., NCLB, Common Core, ESEA Waivers) on at-risk students using the National Assessment of Education Progress. Previously, Josh worked as a RA in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution. He has a Master’s Degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University.
  • 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

Kathryn Boonstra, Postdoctoral Researcher, Wisconsin Center for Education Research

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Education; Family/Child Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: kathryn.boonstra@gmail.com
  • Phone: (401) 441-7227
  • Bio: I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. My profession interests center on issues of race, equity, teacher education, and instructional practice in early childhood settings. I have extensive experience in qualitative research, project management, and evaluation. Prior to earning my PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, I taught pre-k and kindergarten in Washington, DC.
  • CV: Click here

Andy Brownback, Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Education; Health Policy; Methodology/Analysis
  • Email: abrownback@walton.uark.edu
  • Phone: (479) 575-6218
  • Bio: Andy Brownback is an assistant professor of economics specializing in behavioral and experimental economics. Dr. Brownback uses lab and field experiments to conduct research on education, beliefs, and identity. His research has been funded by grants from PEDL, J-PAL, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Arnold Foundation. His research has appeared in the Journal of Political Economy, Games & Economic Behavior, Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, and Economics of Education Review.
  • 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

Olivia Carr, PhD Student, Vanderbilt University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level:  Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Methodology/Analysis; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process
  • Email: olivia.g.carr@vanderbilt.edu
  • Phone: 
  • Bio: Olivia Carr is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Leadership, Policy & Organizations at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College. Her research interests include how educational theories differ in international contexts and the transfer of educational policies/practices across borders. She works primarily with Dr. Carolyn Heinrich and TERA. She has also produced several pieces of work on international education assessments for the Tennessee Comptroller's Office.
  • CV: Click here

Yu-Ling Chang, Assistant Professor, University of California - Berkeley

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: ylchang@berkeley.edu
  • Phone: (206) 696-9692
  • Bio: I earned my PhD in social welfare from the University of Washington, with a concentration in public policy and management. My research agenda focuses on the relationship between poverty, inequality, and social safety net programs. I address both the process of policymaking and the consequences of social welfare policies for economically disadvantaged populations. My research sheds light on the gender, racial, and class inequalities embedded in the social welfare systems.
  • 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

Olivia Chi, PhD Student, Harvard University 

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Family/Child Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: oliviachi@g.harvard.edu
  • Phone: (973) 342-9653
  • Bio: Olivia Chi is a Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy and Program Evaluation at Harvard University. She studies the economics of education with a focus on teacher labor markets, evaluation, and quality. Her recent work examines equity concerns in teacher evaluations, efforts to improve teacher screening and hiring, and teacher skill development. She holds a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Public Policy from Brown University.
  • CV: Click here

Paige Clayton, PhD Student, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Housing/Community Development; Science/Technology
  • Email: clayton3@live.unc.edu
  • Phone: (404) 798-0455
  • Bio: Paige Clayton is a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Policy at UNC Chapel Hill where she received the 2019 Dissertation Completion Fellowship and 2014 Stegman Fellowship. Her research interests are in the areas of entrepreneurship, innovation, economic development, and science and technology policy. Paige's three essay dissertation contributes understanding of how policies, institutions, and knowledge spillovers contribute to the development of entrepreneurial regions.
  • 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

Molly Costanzo, PhD Student, University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level:  Student
  • Policy Interests: Family/Child Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: macostanzo@wisc.edu
  • Phone: 
  • Bio: I am a social policy researcher who is interested broadly in the role of social policies in the lives of vulnerable children and families. My dissertation examines how policy impacts family well-being outcomes, including labor market participation and child care access, for families raising a child with a disability. I am primarily a quantitative researcher with experience with large survey datasets, and administrative data. I was previously a researcher at the Social Security Administration.
  • 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

Marlous de Milliano, PhD Student, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Postdoc, Mid-level
  • Policy Interests: Family/Child Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: marlous@live.unc.edu
  • Phone: (919) 259-3099
  • Bio: Who: PhD candidate in Public Policy at UNC. Focus: impact of social protection on social and human capital in low income settings.  Dissertation: data from 3 countries (Ghana, Malawi, Zambia); 2 papers use mixed-methods data from impact evaluations of cash transfer programs, one uses a seven-year panel dataset.  Work experience: more than four years as a consultant for UNICEF.  Skills: experience working with governments; quantitative and qualitative skills; data collection and research design

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

Ana-Maria Dimand, PhD Student, Florida International Unviersity

  • Employment Interests: Academic 
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy; Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance
  • Email: adima007@fiu.edu
  • Phone: (754) 215-8434
  • Bio: I am a doctoral candidate in the Department of Public Policy and Administration at Florida International University, Miami. My dissertation explores the intersection of government contracting, environmental policy and inter-government collaboration. I have also conducted research related to sustainability, local government innovation and organizational behavior. I am proficient in English, Spanish, Italian, French and Romanian.
  • 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

Bahadir Dursun, Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research, Government, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Education; Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Methodology/Analysis
  • Email: bdursun@princeton.edu
  • Phone: (225) 405-0523
  • Bio: Bahadir Dursun is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center for Health and Well-being at Princeton University. His research focuses on health economics, economics of education and labor economics. Bahadir’s research interests include human capital formation and its effects on health and labor markets, determinants of infant health, as well as the effects of governmental policies on various aspects of individuals’ health and wellbeing.
  • CV: Click here

Juan Echenique, PhD Student, University of Maryland

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level:  Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Employment/Training Programs; Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: jae@umd.edu
  • Phone: (202) 258-3053
  • Bio: Juan Echenique is a Ph.D. student at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. His long-term research interest involves the study of human capital, health, education, and social policy. His doctoral research analyzes the effects of need-based services (home-visits and stimulation workshops) during the first two-years of life on the formation of psychomotor skills and health in Chile.
  • CV: Click here

Lief Ebsenshade, PhD Student, Stanford University

  • Employment Interests: Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education
  • Email: LiefEsbenshade@gmail.com
  • Phone: (503) 576-1616
  • Bio: Before beginning my doctoral studies I earned a social studies teaching license in Minnesota. After a year of substitute teaching, I worked for the New York City Department of Education designing and implementing growth models for teacher evaluation. The controversial nature of value added modeling has led me to focus on understanding the role of measurement in public policy, with a focus on knowing how facts are created, and what the knowledge of those facts does.
  • CV: Click here

Titiksha Fernandes, PhD Student, University of North Carolina - Charlotte

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Housing/Community Development; Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: fernandestitiksha@gmail.com
  • Phone: (980) 248-7753
  • Bio: I am a Doctoral Candidate in the Ph.D. Public Policy program at UNC Charlotte. My dissertation research is an evaluation of solid waste management and recycling programs at the county level. My prior professional experience involved environmental and sustainability policy design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. My other research experiences include economic and social community development.
  • 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

Carrie Fry, PhD Student, Harvard Unviersity

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Criminal, Justice, and Drugs; Health Policy; Methodology/Analysis
  • Email: carrie_fry@g.harvard.edu
  • Phone: (615) 642-6074
  • Bio: Carrie E. Fry is a doctoral candidate in Health Policy at Harvard University. Her research interests include coverage and access issues for vulnerable and underserved populations, the intersection of behavioral health and criminal justice policy, Medicaid policy, and methodological issues in policy evaluation. Her dissertation is titled, "Evaluating State-Driven Changes to the Medicaid Program: Intended, Unintended, and Methodological Implications."
  • CV: Click here

Kathryn Gonzalez, PhD Student, Harvard University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Family/Child Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: kgonzalez01@g.harvard.edu
  • Phone: (310) 779-1394
  • Bio: I am a Ph.D. candidate in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. My research focuses on early childhood education policy and program evaluation, with an emphasis on how policy can support quality improvement. I also examine variation in the impacts of education interventions in early childhood and K-12 contexts. I have presented my research at multiple academic conferences and published in multiple journals. I am seeking a role conducting policy-relevant quantitative research.
  • CV: Click here

Amanda Grittner, PhD Student, Duke University

  • Employment Interests: 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.
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Max Gross, PhD Student, University of Michigan

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Criminal, Justice, and Drugs; Education; Employment/Training Programs; Family/Child Policy; Housing/Community Development; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: maxgross@umich.edu
  • Phone:
  • Bio: I am a Ph.D. candidate in economics at the University of Michigan and an Institute of Education Sciences predoctoral fellow. I study the economics of education, labor economics, and public policy.  My research uses large administrative data sources from the education, child welfare, and criminal justice systems to evaluate public policies and programs. I seek to understand how public institutions influence the lives of historically underserved students.
  • CV: Click here

Sara Guenther, Postdoctoral Researcher, Montana State University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process
  • Email: sarakguenther@gmail.com
  • Phone: 
  • Bio: I am a postdoctoral researcher in the political science department at Montana State University. I study environmental politics with an emphasis on regulation, executive politics, federalism and state politics, political behavior and public opinion. My research is motivated by an interest in understanding when and how environmental problems elicit a political response and policy change.
  • CV: Click here

Chantal Hailey, PhD Student, New York University

  • Employment Interests: Acadmemic
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Housing/Community Development; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: chantal.a.hailey@nyu.edu
  • Phone: (214) 906-9133
  • Bio: My research focuses spatial inequality. I am particularly interested in how micro-decision making contributes to larger macro-segregation and stratification patterns and how segregation creates, sustains, and exacerbates educational, socioeconomic, and racial inequality. My dissertation analyzes the relationship between families’ high school choices, school safety, school racial demographics, and racialized perceptions. I employ quantitative analysis, experiments, and qualitative interviews.
  • CV: Click here

Peter Hepburn, Postdoctoral Researcher, Princeton University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Criminal, Justice, and Drugs; Family/Child Policy; Housing/Community Development; Methodology/Analysis; Population/Migration Issues
  • Email: phepburn@princeton.edu
  • Phone: (612) 202-5433
  • Bio: I received my PhD in Sociology and Demography from UC Berkeley and am now a postdoc at Princeton. My research examines how changes to three core institutions—work, criminal justice, and housing—produce and perpetuate inequality. I use a variety of quantitative methods and data sources to demonstrate disparities in exposure to precarious work, the criminal justice system, and housing instability, and to analyze the role of public policies in exacerbating or ameliorating these disparities.
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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.
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Leslie Hodges, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: lbhodges@wisc.edu
  • Phone: (608) 262-1927
  • Bio: As a postdoctoral research associate for the Institute for Research on Poverty, my research is motivated by an interest in how government programs help low-income families make ends meet. I specialize in administrative and survey data analysis to examine the relationships between public program participation and employment, health, and well-being and to inform evidenced-based policymaking on public programs including child support, unemployment insurance, and SNAP.
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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.
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Lu Jinks, PhD Student, University of Illinois - Chicago

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Employment/Training Programs; Health Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: lgao22@uic.edu
  • Phone: (302) 287-7659
  • Bio: I am a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago, specializing in health and labor economics, and public policy. My job market paper studies the impact of increases in Workers' Compensation benefit on time off work and medical services use. Prior to pursuing a doctoral degree, I obtained a master degree in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University. I also worked at government consulting firms in the areas of data analysis and health communications.
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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.
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Todd Jones, Postdoctoral Researcher, Georgia State University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Education; Economics; Methodology/Analysis
  • Email: toddrandyjones@gmail.com
  • Phone: (435) 760-3705
  • Bio: Todd Jones is an applied economist who uses reduced-form methods to identify causal effects. He has broad interests, though has mainly focused on education and labor economics. Three of his papers are revised and resubmitted at Education Finance & Policy, Journal of Human Resources, and Journal of Public Economics. Now a Postdoc at Georgia State University’s Metro Atlanta Policy Lab for Education, he holds an Economics PhD from Cornell and a Statistics Masters from Utah State University.
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Max Kapustin, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Chicago

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Entry Level, Mid-level
  • Policy Interests: Criminal, Justice, and Drugs; Education; Employment/Training Programs; Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Housing/Community Development; Methodology/Analysis; National Security/Homeland Security; Poverty/Income Policy; Science/Technology
  • Email: kapustin@uchicago.edu
  • Phone: 
  • Bio: I study policy interventions to reduce crime and improve outcomes for low-income families, with a particular focus on efforts to reduce gun violence. More broadly, I am interested in understanding the effectiveness and limitations of public safety and anti-poverty programs, and how they can be strengthened. I received a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 2016, and currently conduct research at the University of Chicago Crime Lab.
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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.
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Caitlin Kearns, PhD Student, University of California - Berkeley

  • Employment Interests: Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Employment/Training Programs; Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Housing/Community Development; Methodology/Analysis; Poverty/Income Policy; Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance
  • Email: ckearns@berkeley.edu
  • Phone: 
  • Bio: I am an economics PhD candidate at UC Berkeley committed to rigorous evaluation of social and economic programs. My doctoral research includes quasi-experimental evaluations of school finance and choice policies, including the effect of state finance reforms on home prices and the effect of expanded choice on academic achievement. I have eight years of experience performing causal inference with observational data and have collaborated with researchers in policy, education, health, and finance.
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Nick Kelly, Enviornmental Planner/Professor, Maryland State Government/University of Maryland Baltimore County

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Senior Level
  • Policy Interests: Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Email: nick.kelly@maryland.gov
  • Phone: (410) 916-4133
  • Bio: Dr. Kelly has over fifteen years of academic and professional experience in the field of public policy. He currently works in the environmental planning field for the Maryland government and teaches undergraduate (Economics) and graduate (Public Policy) courses at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His main research interests are climate change, alternative energy, and environmental planning policy.
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Christelle Khalaf, Economist, Ohio University

  • Employment Interests: Academic,  Non-Academic Research; Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Education; Employment/Training Programs; Health Policy; Housing/Community Development; Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Email: ckhalaf@ohio.edu
  • Phone: (919) 264-0873
  • Bio: Christelle Khalaf is an economist at Ohio University’s Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. She uses economic techniques to provide applied, research-based solutions to challenges existing in communities, the economy, and the environment. Khalaf has a Ph.D. in economics from North Carolina State University. For more on Khalaf’s research visit: http://www.christelle-khalaf.com
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Huiyun Kim, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Minnesota

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Housing/Community Development; Poverty/Income Policy 
  • Email: huiyun@umn.edu
  • Phone: 
  • Bio: My research examines the design and implementation of social policies, focusing particular attention on the effectiveness of policies in reducing poverty. My years of engagement with non-profit and public organizations in the fields of community development and low-income housing have motivated me to look at housing policy as a case study. More specifically, my research projects have examined the intersection of low-income housing programs and housing insecurity among the poor.
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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.
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Hansoo Ko, Postdoctoral Researcher, New York University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: hansooko@nyu.edu
  • Phone: (212) 992-9883
  • Bio: I am a postdoctoral research associate at NYU Wagner.  I am a health services researcher and public health physician specialized in preventive medicine. My research interests broadly include domestic/global health policy, health insurance market dynamics, and individual behavioral responses to policy changes by utilizing Medicaid claims and micro-data from the field. I received MD from Chung-Ang University in Korea and PhD in Health Policy & Administration from University of Illinois at Chicago.
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Whitney Kozakowski, PhD Student, Harvard University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Employment/Training Programs; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: wkozakowski@g.harvard.edu
  • Phone: (571) 214-8147
  • Bio: I am a Ph.D. candidate in Education in the Education Policy and Program Evaluation concentration at Harvard University. I study education policy and inequality, with a focus on postsecondary education and transitions to college and the work force. I primarily use quantitative methods, particularly experimental and quasi-experimental research designs, to provide rigorous causal evidence on the effects of policies and programs.
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Amrita Kulka, PhD Student, University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Housing/Community Development; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: amrita.kulka2@wisc.edu
  • Phone: 
  • Bio: I am a sixth year PhD candidate in economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and I am on the job market this year. My research interests are primarily in public and urban economics: I study how households choose locations and the role that government policies can play in this decision. My job market paper examines how minimum lot size regulations shape the neighborhood choice of households with school-age children. I then consider households’ willingness to pay for a small policy change.
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Tim Lambie-Hanson, Professor, Haverford College

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Housing/Community Development; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process
  • Email: tlambiehan@haverford.edu
  • Phone:
  • Bio: I have taught at Economics at Haverford College for the past 6 years. My recent research is on the mortgage market and housing policy.
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Danbee Lee, PhD Student, Rutgers University - Newark

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level:  Student
  • Policy Interests: Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance
  • Email: danbee.lee@rutgers.edu
  • Phone: (551) 247-7096
  • Bio: I am a PhD candidate at Rutgers University-Newark. I am interested in public management, organizational theory and behavior, and research methodology. My research question is how bureaucratic reputation as an external resource is constructed, measured, managed, and affect public organizations within the political environment. Based on these research interests, I have developed my dissertation and published two papers in Governance and International International Review of Administrative Science.
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Zeewan Lee, PhD Student, University of Southern California

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Employment/Training Programs; Health Policy
  • Email: zeewanle@usc.edu
  • Phone: (213) 425-6841
  • Bio: I am a 4th year PhD student from USC Price School. I conduct quantitative analyses to evaluate issues on the technological advancements and their impacts on employment, skill-development, and retirement. In my job market paper, I study the effects of technology-induced automation: defining which skills determine the extent of workers’ resistance to automation based on existing theories, and exploring the relationship between the levels of resistance to automation and unretirement decisions.
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Jordan Lett, Indiana State Budget Agency

  • Employment Interests: Government
  • Career Level:  Mid-level
  • Policy Interests: Family/Child Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process; Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance
  • Email: jtlett1993@gmail.com
  • Phone: (765) 914-9764
  • Bio: I recently graduated with an MPA with a concentration in Policy Analysis. I've spent about two years with the Indiana legislature and for a little over a year I've been working for the Indiana State Budget Agency. I am looking into starting an MBA as well to further develop my financial analytical skills.
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Jing Li, Assistant Professor, Cornell University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Health Policy
  • Email: jil2033@med.cornell.edu
  • Phone:
  • Bio: I am a health economist and tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Health Policy and Research at Weill Medical College, Cornell University. My research interests are twofold: first, I am interested in economic and behavioral mechanisms that guide decision-making in health and health care, by both physicians and patients/consumers; second, I am skilled at innovatively applying advanced methods to addressing understudied research questions in health policy and economics.
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Xia Li, PhD Student, The New School

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level:  Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Family/Child Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: lix141@newschool.edu
  • Phone: (201) 423-5499
  • Bio: Xia Li is a Ph.D. candidate in Public and Urban Policy at The New School. Her research focuses on educational inequality and the role public policy can play in promoting equity in education for marginalized and underserved groups. Xia is a recipient of the 2019 Equity and Inclusion Fellowship from  APPAM and 2019-2020 Student Research Award from The New School. Xia holds a BA in Sociology, an MPA from Rutgers University and an MA in Urban Planning and Management from Renmin University of China.
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Xiaodi Li, PhD Student, New York University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Housing/Community Development
  • Email: xl1060@nyu.edu
  • Phone: (917) 856-9909
  • Bio: Xiaodi Li is a fifth-year doctoral student at NYU Wagner and a doctoral fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Her research interests are urban economics and real estate. She holds a bachelor degree from Tsinghua University School 
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Zhengyan Li, PhD Student, Indiana University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level:  Student
  • Policy Interests: Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process; Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: zl31@indiana.edu
  • Phone: (812) 272-9871
  • Bio: Zhengyan “Ian” Li is a doctoral candidate in the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Zhengyan is interested in the dynamics of the interactions among public organizations, citizens, civil society, and markets in the formation and implementation of environmental policies.  Zhengyan holds a BA in agricultural economics from Renmin University of China and an MPA from Columbia University in the City of New York.
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Lu Liao, PhD Student, Cornell University

  • Employment Interests:  Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy; Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance
  • Email: ll743@cornell.edu
  • Phone: (607) 697-3621
  • Bio: I am a fifth-year Ph.D. Candidate in City and Regional Planning, Cornell University. I study local government decision-making and implementation of policies and plans, with a focus on sustainability and climate change. I have published articles in journals such as Journal of the American Planning Association, Land Use Policy, Rural Sociology, Resources Conservation and Recycling, and Local Environment.
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Parag Mahajan, PhD Student, University of Michigan

  • Employment Interests:  Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Employment/Training Programs; Methodology/Analysis; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: paragma@umich.edu
  • Phone: (720) 938-4442
  • Bio: My research uses large, administrative datasets to understand the sources and consequences of labor mobility. One strand focuses on US immigrants, studying how immigrant inflows change local business dynamics and mechanisms through which climate events increase immigration. Another analyzes how job-to-job transitions help young workers traverse recessions. This agenda is grounded in labor economics, but also incorporates recent tools from development, international economics, and econometrics.
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Ammar Malik, Director of Research, Evidence for Policy Design at Harvard University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Mid-level
  • Policy Interests: Employment/Training Programs; Housing/Community Development; Methodology/Analysis; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process
  • Email: AMMAR_MALIK@HKS.HARVARD.EDU
  • Phone: (571) 356-5539
  • Bio: Ammar is Director of Research at Evidence for Policy Design, a research program at the Harvard Kennedy School, leading 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.
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Joseph Marchand, Associate Professor, University of Alberta

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Mid-level
  • Policy Interests: Employment/Training Programs; Methodology/Analysis; Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: jmarchan@ualberta.ca
  • Phone: (780) 492-9425
  • Bio: Joseph Marchand is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where he has worked since graduating with a Doctorate in Economics from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His most recent journal publication, "How Local Economic Conditions Affect School Finances, Teacher Quality, and Student Achievement" with Jeremy Weber, is forthcoming in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
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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.
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Benjamin Meadows, PhD Student, University of Tennessee 

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: benmeadows@mac.com
  • Phone: (205) 907-5226
  • Bio: As PhD candidate at the University of Tennessee, I study the economics behind vulnerable student populations and vulnerable ecosystems. These 2 fields seem disparate in nature, but I've found a great deal of overlap. Currently, I'm researching the effects of immigration enforcement on the education choices and outcomes of undocumented immigrant students.
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Joshua Merfeld, Economist/Professor, New York University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Methodology/Analysis
  • Email: merfeld@nyu.edu
  • Phone: 
  • Bio: I am a policy-trained development economist. Currently in a teaching position at the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU, I am interested in moving to a tenure-track position. I am beginning my second year post-PhD and have two sole-authored publications in leading economics journals (Journal of Development Economics (JDE) and American Journal of Agricultural Economics) and an additional R&R at JDE. I have excellent teaching evaluations (all 4.5+/5).
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Gilbert Michaud, Assistant Professor, Ohio University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government
  • Career Level: Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Email: michaudg@ohio.edu
  • Phone: (207) 749-6056
  • Bio: Dr. Gilbert Michaud is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University.  In this role, he teaches courses in the Voinovich School’s MPA program and conducts energy and economic development research with Ohio University’s Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment and the U.S. EDA University Center.  Dr. Michaud’s work focuses on renewable energy policy, electric utility regulation, and economic and workforce development.
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Elizabeth Miller, University of California - Irvine

  • Employment Interests:  Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Entry Level, Mid-Level
  • Policy Interests: Education; Family/Child Policy
  • Email: ebmiller@uci.edu
  • Phone: (914) 844-0008
  • Bio: Dr. Elizabeth B. Miller received her Ph.D. from the School of Education at the University of California, Irvine specializing in Education Policy & Social Context. She also holds a Master's degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Economics from Columbia University. Elizabeth’s research interests include early childhood policy interventions and how these interventions can increase low-income children’s school readiness.
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Nozomi Nakajima, PhD Student, Harvard University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student 
  • Policy Interests: Education; Family/Child Policy; Methodology/Analysis
  • Email: nnakajima@g.harvard.edu
  • Phone: (203) 435-8155
  • Bio: Nozomi Nakajima is a Ph.D. candidate in Education Policy & Program Evaluation at Harvard. She holds a master's degree in Statistics from Harvard and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Yale. Her research focuses on causal inference methods for improving evidence-based decision-making by families, schools, and education policymakers. Nozomi is seeking internship positions at policy organizations for Summer 2020.
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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.
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Emily Nwakpuda, Project Manager, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Profit/NGO, Non-Academic Research, Government
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Politics, Media, and the Policy Process; Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance; Science/Technology
  • Email: nwakpuda@live.unc.edu
  • Phone: (919) 627-0036
  • Bio: My research explores the nonprofit and innovation fields. My dissertation provides empirical evidence of donors supporting science and innovation. This work extends the public management literature to include philanthropy as an alternative source of public goods funding. I use machine learning techniques to collect data and conduct my analysis using quantitative and qualitative methods. Currently, I am a project manager for grants funded by the Kauffman Foundation, Sloan Foundation, and NSF.
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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.
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Emily Pakhtigian, PhD Student, Duke University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level:  Student
  • Policy Interests: Health Policy; Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Email: emily.pakhtigian@duke.edu
  • Phone: (267) 515-3434
  • Bio: I am an environmental and development economist. I examine how households respond to various environmental risks related to air quality and water and sanitation, among others. Specifically, I seek to understand how social and household factors mediate demand for technologies that avert or mitigate environmental risk, the sustainability of technological adoption, and the long term health and human capital implications of low investment in averting and mitigating technologies.
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Gabrielle Pepin, PhD Student, Michigan State University

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Family/Child Policy; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: pepingab@msu.edu
  • Phone: (920) 819-5491
  • Bio: I am an economics PhD candidate at Michigan State University and am on the job market during the 2019-2020 academic year. My research interests include public and labor economics. My current research studies the effects of child care subsidies on paid child care participation and labor market outcomes as well as the effects of welfare time limits on access to financial resources. I will be available for interviews at the 2019 APPAM Fall Research Conference and the 2020 ASSA Annual Meetings.
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Lam Pham, PhD Student, Vanderbilt University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education 
  • Email: lam.pham@vanderbilt.edu
  • Phone:
  • Bio: Lam Pham is a Ph.D. student in K-12 Leadership and Policy Studies at Vanderbilt University, Peabody College with a specialization in quantitative methods. His research primarily uses econometric and quasi-experimental methods to investigate personnel policies in low-performing schools.
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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.
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Daniel Prinz, PhD Student, Harvard Unviersity

  • Employment Interests:  Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: 
  • Policy Interests: Employment/Training Programs; Health Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: dprinz@g.harvard.edu
  • Phone: (857) 756-3833
  • Bio: I am a 5th-year PhD Student at Harvard University and predoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. I have 9 years of experience in data analysis in various fields of applied microeconomics as a part-time and full-time research assistant and predoctoral researcher. I also have 3 years of experience writing about policy as Deputy Director of Policy of Momentum Hungary.
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Shyam Raman, Undergraduate Student, Indiana University - Bloomington

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Criminal, Justice, and Drugs; Health Policy; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: shyamraman7@gmail.com
  • Phone: (219) 252-9934
  • Bio: I am a senior undergraduate student and researcher at Indiana University, Bloomington. My background is rooted in epidemiology, specializing in health economics, policy analysis, and statistics. Using primarily applied micro-econometric methods, I investigate behavioral responses to policy and long-run effects of social policy on health. My end research goal is to conduct rigorous, bias-limiting analysis which betters our understanding of human interaction with policy.
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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

Amani Rashid, Assistant Professor, Eastern Michigan University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Criminal, Justice, and Drugs; Education; Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Housing/Community Development; Methodology/Analysis; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: arashid3@emich.edu
  • Phone: (530) 400-1241
  • Bio: I received my PhD in economics from the University of Oregon, and I am currently an assistant professor of economics at Eastern Michigan University. I am an applied microeconometrician with interests in public, health, and labor. My research broadly brings econometric tools to questions of policy evaluation, with a particular emphasis on those related to vulnerable populations. My working papers have primarily focused on policies related to child welfare services and foster youth outcomes.
  • CV: Click here

Theo Retos, Master's Student

  • Employment Interests: Government, Non-Profit/NGO, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Health Policy; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process; Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance; Social Equalit/Race
  • Email: theodore.retos@gmail.com
  • Phone: (518) 929-0756
  • Bio: I am an MA in Public Administration student. I focus on queer and transgender healthcare. I have experience in both private reimbursement consulting and insurance advocacy. I research lack of long-term clinical studies on trans health. I want to use my research to facilitate outcomes research & policy advocacy. I am interested in the intersection between higher education & healthcare, in particular how to leverage academic interest to increase access free/affordable trans-competent healthcare.
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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

Anika Schenck-Fontaine, Postdoctoral Researcher, Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Education; Family/Child Policy; Poverty/Income Policy
  • Email: amfontaine@gmail.com
  • Phone: (484) 354-8210
  • Bio: I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories in Germany and a visiting fellow at the University College London Institute of Education. I earned my PhD in Public Policy from Duke University in 2018 and my MPP from Johns Hopkins University in 2009. My research broadly explores the experiences and effects of economic inequality in childhood and has been published in Child Development, Demography, Journal of Marriage and Family, and Social Service Review.
  • 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

Hyun-Ki Shim, PhD Students, Florida State University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Profit/NGO, Non-Academic Research 
  • Career Level: Postdoc, Entry Level, Mid-level
  • Policy Interests: Education; Methodology/Analysis; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: shimhk0923@gmail.com
  • Phone:
  • Bio: I’m a doctoral candidate at Education Policy and Evaluation program in Florida State University (FSU) and expecting to graduate in Fall semester. I’m specialized in education research and evaluation in K-12 schools with variety of educational settings, especially in school choice and quantitative analysis. I have expertise in management and analysis of large-scale and longitudinal data with sophisticated methods, based on extensive 10 years of work and research experiences.
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Divya Singh, PhD Student, Columbia University 

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Postdoc, Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Housing/Community Development; Methodology/Analysis; Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance
  • Email: ds3326@columbia.edu
  • Phone: (917) 979-9295
  • Bio: Divya is a sixth-year Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Columbia University. She works in topics in Public Economics, Development, and Urban economics. Broadly, her research agenda includes the design of policies that help reduce inequality and foster economic growth. Her job market paper investigates if property tax exemptions for new residential investment can make cities more affordable.  Her other work explores the effect of taxes on firms. In her spare time, she enjoys running and reading.
  • CV: Click here

CarlyWill Sloan, PhD Student, Texas A&M University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Criminal, Justice, and Drugs; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: carlywillsloan@gmail.com
  • Phone: (512) 560-5051
  • Bio: I am an Economics Ph.D. candidate at Texas A&M University. My research interests include labor economics, the economics of crime, and the economics of discrimination.
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AshLee Smith, PhD Student, University of Minnesota 

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Criminal, Justice, and Drugs; Family/Child Policy; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: smit8385@umn.edu
  • Phone: (651) 955-5093
  • Bio: As a PhD candidate, I have worked on both qualitative and quantitative projects - all with the same goal - to use research to improve the lives of the underserved with real world and practical solutions. I am looking for research positions where I can continue to work with interdisciplinary researchers and policy makers to create and improve policy through developing research designs and conducting qualitative and/or mixed-methods research to improve the lives of the disadvantaged.
  • CV: Click here

Aradhya Sood, PhD Students, University of Minnesota

  • Employment Interests:  Academic, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student, Entry Level, Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Education; Employment/Training Programs; Housing/Community Development; Methodology/Analysis; Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: soodx034@umn.edu
  • Phone: (510) 304-3253
  • Bio: I am a Ph.D. candidate in Economics. My research expertise is in urban and spatial economics and applied microeconomics. My research has focused on studying historic and current policies associated with land, urban development, and education. I study how these affect growth, city structures, and social and economic inequality in U.S. and India. I have also delivered a series of specific policy recommendations and have collaborated with government officials and academics from other disciplines.
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Victoria Sosina, PhD Student, Stanford University

  • Employment Interests: Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student, Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Education; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: vsosina@stanford.edu
  • Phone: (845) 796-8147
  • Bio: I am a doctoral student in the Sociology of Education program at the Stanford University. My research uses quantitative methods to examine racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in education. I hold an A.B. in Sociology from Harvard University and a Master’s in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education in New York, NY. Before my doctoral program, I taught English in the Dominican Republic through a Fulbright grant as well as elementary education in Brownsville, Brooklyn.
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Bixuan Sun, Postdoc, University of Minnesota

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy; Science/Technology
  • Email: sunxx731@umn.edu
  • Phone: (320) 287-4315
  • Bio: I am a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. My research examines policies assisting with the transition to cleaner, more efficient energy systems using both economic theories and empirical methods. I am currently working to investigate what factors drive innovation in energy technologies and the role of spillovers in government investment.  I am particularly interested in applying machine learning methods to policy evaluation.
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Elise Swanson, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Southern California

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Profit/NGO, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Postdoc
  • Policy Interests: Education
  • Email: eswanson@rossier.usc.edu
  • Phone: 
  • Bio: I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Pullias Center for Higher Education. My current focus is on a mixed methods longitudinal evaluation of a comprehensive college transition and student success program at multiple campuses in Nebraska. While I primarily focus on access to postsecondary education, my overall research agenda is diverse, exploring issues of educational equity in both the K-12 and postsecondary spaces.
  • 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.
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Romina Tome, PhD Student, Duke University

  • Employment Interests: Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student, Mid-Level
  • Policy Interests: Education; Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Population/Migration Issues
  • Email: romina.tome@duke.edu
  • Phone: (202) 904-0493
  • Bio: I am an applied economist with experience in international development and public policy research. Interested in economics of family and child well-being, and development policy. I have held positions in academia, think-tanks, international organizations, and governments, with multi-disciplinary scholars. My experience, strong quantitative skills, and fluency in English and Spanish make me ideally suited to work with interdisciplinary teams and to communicate findings to diverse audiences.
  • CV: Click here

Saied Toossi, PhD Student, Syracuse University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: mtoossia@syr.edu
  • Phone: (217) 840-5576
  • Bio: My Name is Saied Toossi and I am a doctoral candidate in Public Administration at Syracuse University where I work with Sarah Hamersma and Amy Ellen Schwartz. I am a multidisciplinary scholar interested in applying experimental and quantitative methods to the field of social policy with a focus on programs targeting children’s well-being. My current research is on the implementation of food assistance programs as they pertain to children’s nutritional intake, food preferences, and food security.
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Evelyn Trammell, PhD Student, Florida International University

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: etram003@fiu.edu
  • Phone: (305) 321-3073
  • Bio: I am a doctoral candidate at FIU. My research interests relate to public finance and public management with emphasis on social and economic equity in government contracting. I have been invited as a guest lecturer for the topic of sustainable procurement in a graduate level course, and most recently served as an adjunct instructor teaching Organizational Leadership and Behavior. Additionally, I have eight years of local government practitioner experience in the diverse South Florida setting.
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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.
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Edward Vargas, Assistant Professor, Arizona State University 

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Entry Level
  • Policy Interests: Criminal, Justice, and Drugs; Family/Child Policy; Health Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process; Population/Migration Issues; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: edwardvargas@asu.edu
  • Phone: (480) 965-8557
  • Bio: Edward D. Vargas is an assistant professor in the School of Transborder Studies at Arizona State University. He obtained his PhD in public affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. His research interests include the effects of poverty and inequality on the quality of life among vulnerable families.  He is also Co-Principal investigator on the Collaborative Multi-Racial Post Election Survey and the Latino National Health and Immigration Survey.
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Michele Ver Ploeg, Chief of the Food Assistant Branch, USDA ERS

  • Employment Interests: Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Senior Level
  • Policy Interests: Family/Child Policy; Poverty/Income Policy; Social Equality/Race
  • Email: sverploeg@gmail.com
  • Phone: (703) 927-3785
  • Bio: Shelly Ver Ploeg has 21 years of experience leading research and translating research results on food assistance and anti-poverty programs.  As Chief of the Food Assistance Branch in the Economic Research Service, Shelly is responsible for managing and directing research on USDA’s domestic food and nutrition assistance programs including SNAP (formerly food stamps), school feeding programs, and WIC. She holds a PhD in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University.
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Qingqing Wang, PhD Student, Arizona State University

  • Employment Interests:  Academic, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Education; Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance; Science/Technology
  • Email: qwang148@asu.edu
  • Phone: (480) 410-5162
  • Bio: Qingqing Wang is a doctoral candidate at the Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD) at Arizona State University.  Wang’s research interests lie in public management, higher education policy, and science and technology policy. She is particularly interested in topics concerned with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce.
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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.
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Kristin Wegner, Project Manager & PhD Student, University of Colorado - Denver

  • Employment Interests:  Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: 
  • Policy Interests: Health Policy; Methodology/Analysis; Natural Resource Security/Energy and Environmental Policy; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process
  • Email: wegnerkm@gmail.com
  • Phone: (720) 775-9697
  • Bio: Project Manager with 7+ years managing projects related to international governance and collaboration, science, technology, and education. Manage budgets, people, processes, programs, and program evaluation. Currently a PhD candidate at the University of Colorado Denver's School of Public Affairs.
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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.
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Sabrina K Young, PhD Student, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Employment Interests:  Academic, Government, Non-Academic Research, Non-Profit/NGO
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests:  Poverty/Income Policy, Family/Child Policy, Health Policy; Housing/Community Development; Social Equality/Race; Politics, Media, and the Policy Process
  • Email: syoung58@uic.edu
  • Phone: 916-201-8008
  • Bio: Sabrina Young is a PhD Candidate in the Division of Health Policy and Administration in the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health. Her research focuses on the impact of benefit transfers, especially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), on health outcomes such as food insecurity, hypoglycemia, opioid use, hospitalizations, and mortality. She is the Principal Investigator on an NIH F31 Predoctoral Research Award and was a fellow in the Cancer Education and Career Development Program (NIH T32) at the Institute for Health Research and Policy.
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Ruodan Zhang, PhD Student, Indiana University - Bloomington

  • Employment Interests: Academic
  • Career Level: Student
  • Policy Interests: Public/Nonprofit Management and Finance
  • Email: rz3@iu.edu
  • Phone: (812) 272-1466
  • Bio: My research agenda centers on why citizens participate and persist in public affairs, and the corresponding roles of public and nonprofit organizations. My research has been published in Nonprofit Management & Leadership and the Asian Journal of Political Science, and I have one article under review. I will defend my dissertation and graduate with a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Indiana University Bloomington in May 2020.
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