ABOUT ME

I am an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). I earned my PhD from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. I spent the winter and spring of 2017 as a visiting graduate student scholar at the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis, earned my MPA from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, and completed my Bachelor’s degree at Miami University. My research interests include child and family policy, health policy, low-wage work, social safety net programs, poverty and social inequality, and work-family policy.

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My research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Institute for Research on PovertyDoris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being, the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, and Pew Charitable Trusts.  I spent the summer of 2015 as a Summer Fellow at Mathematica Policy Research in Princeton, New Jersey, was selected to participate in the Fragile Families and Child Well-Being Data Workshop at Columbia University, and was an AcademyHealth Presidential Scholarship recipient for my work studying child health policy issues. Outside of my PhD program, I previously worked with Elmcrest Children’s Center in Syracuse, New York, a multi-service treatment and education center for children with emotional, behavioral, and psychiatric disturbances. I have also been a policy analyst for Indiana Public Policy Institute where I was involved in projects related to homelessness and education, and a research associate at the Center for Public Management and Regional Affairs and Office of Equity and Equal Opportunity at Miami University.

EDUCATION

RESEARCH INTERESTS

Poverty and Inequality Policy

Minimum Wages, Child Support, Income Mobility

2012-2018

Indiana University 

Ph.D. Public Affairs

Child and Family Policy

Paid Family Leave, Child Abuse and Neglect, Contraception Policy, WIC

Public Policy Analysis

Difference-in-Differences, Instrumental Variables, Regression Discontinuity

Health Policy

Medicaid, Opioid Epidemic, Lactation Support Coverage

2011-2012

Syracuse University

MPA

2007-2011

Miami University

B.A.