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Our Students

We feature a unique PhD program that allows students to be advised, mentored and funded by Brooks faculty whether the student is pursuing a PhD in Public Policy, Economics, or Sociology. Here is information about Brooks-funded PhD students in each of these areas:


PhD Students in the Field of Public Policy

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Daphne Blakey

Research interests: labor economics, incarceration, policing, poverty

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Kyle Bunten

Research interests: economics of education, economics of crime, public economics

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Jadon Buzzard

Research interests: labor economics, public economics, policing & crime, industrial organization

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Ari Decter-Frain

Research interests: economic insecurity, computational demography, social media and elections

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Amaya Gaines

Research interests: policy analysis, social policy and inequality, political behavior, public opinion, racial and ethnic politics

Samantha Gold

Samantha Gold

Research interests: health economics, behavioral economics, and environmental economics

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Megan Hyland

Research interests: health economics, social insurance, long-term care

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Daniel Hurtado

Research interests: applied microeconomics, development, behavioral and labor

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Kayla Jones

Research interests: education, consumer finance and public economics

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Andong Liu 

Research interests: urban and real estate economics

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Jessica Lu

Research interests: health economics, labor economics, public economics, and industrial organization

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Alicia Marquez

Research interests: applied microeconomics with applications to environmental and health policy

Anton Moore

Anton Moore

Research interests: applied microeconomics, labor, crime, and education

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Sandra Mosqueira Caminada

Research interests: demography, disabilities policies, health inequality, evaluation

Giulia Olivero

Giulia Olivero

Research interests: education, immigration, family, labor economics

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Han Pham

Research areas: health economics

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Federico Raimondi Slepoi

Research interests: behavioral science, data science, and public policy

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Shyam Raman

Research interests: health economics, economics of crime, environmental regulation

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Brett Reichert

Research interests: emerging technology, national security, international politics

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Katharine Sadowski

Research interests: labor economics, information science, educational interventions

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Gabrielle Sorresso

Research interests: inequality, gender, and behavioral economics

Yongxin Shang

Yongxin Shang

Research interests: health inequality, family demography

Jenna Shelton

Jenna Shelton

Research interests: social inequity; family and youth policy; foster care and homelessness; mixed methods

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Chloe Smith

Research Interests: applied econometrics with applications to labor, immigration, and criminal justice policy

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Laura Sullivan

Research interests: poverty, safety net programs

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Revathy Suryanarayana

Research interests: public economics, health economics, development

Meredith Welch

Meredith Welch

Research interests: labor economics, economics of education (higher education), social policy

Public Policy-based PhD Students in the Field of Economics

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Jacquline Blair

Research interests: household finance, wealth inequality, financial literacy

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Helen Burkhardt

Research interests: inequality, occupational choice, and labor policy

Lexin Cai

Lexin Cai

Research interests: poverty, safety net programs, low-wage labor market

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Qingli Fan

Research interests: health economics, health policy, aging, subjective well-being

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Hyewon Kim

Research interests: labor economics, applied econometrics

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Zongyang “Elmer” Li

Research interests: macroeconomics, labor economics, industry dynamics

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Yaling Xu

Research interests: inequality, education, microeconomics, labor economics, behavioral economics

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Sen Zeng

Research interests: health economics and industrial organization

Public Policy-based PhD Students in the Field of Sociology

Erika Abbott

Erika Abbott

Research interests: social stratification

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Thelonious Goerz

Research interests: demography, inequality, spatial analysis, quantitative methods, health and aging

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Lydia Homandberg

Research interests: social determinants of health/health inequities

Mary Beth Morrissey

Mary Beth Morrissey

Research interests: emotions and therapeutic culture, gender, intimate relationships, inequality

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Jillian Royal

Research interests: poverty and inequality, gender, race and ethnicity