PhD Student Bios




Abarcar, Paolo
Name: Abarcar, Paolo
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:pabarcar@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2010
 


Biography:
Paolo Abarcar is a Ph.D. candidate in economics and public policy at the University of Michigan with research interests primarily in development and labor economics. His work focuses on explaining international migration and its effect on migrants...[more]


Alejos Marroquin, Luis
Name: Alejos Marroquin, Luis
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:lalejos@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2013
 


Biography:
Luis Alejos is a Guatemalan national; he received a BSc. in Economics (2004) and an MSc. in Economics (2005) from University College London, England. His recent work experience includes positions as Country Economist for El Salvador at the...[more]


Crow, Mark
Name: Crow, Mark
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:mjcrow@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2014
 


Biography:
Mark's research interests include topics in labor and public economics that inform the manning of an All Volunteer Force and the military’s role in shaping labor market outcomes. He is an officer in the US Army with three years’ experience teaching ...[more]


Ferrero, Chiara
Name: Ferrero, Chiara
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:ferreroc@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2014
 


Biography:
Chiara graduated with honors from the MSc program in Economics and Social Sciences at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy where she had previously earned her BSc in Economics and Social Sciences. Her most recent research experience includes positions ...[more]


Fitzpatrick, Anne
Name: Fitzpatrick, Anne
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:fitza@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2009
 


Biography:
Anne Fitzpatrick is a doctoral student in Economics and Public Policy. She graduated from Cornell University in 2005, where she majored in Industrial and Labor Relations. After graduation she worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Her...[more]


Gilbert, Laurien
Name: Gilbert, Laurien
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:legilb@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2012
 


Biography:
Laurien Gilbert graduated with honors from Brown University with a BA in Economics in 2011. Before coming to Michigan, she worked as a research assistant in the Industrial Relation Section at Princeton University for a year. Her interests include...[more]


Hamilton, Steven
Name: Hamilton, Steven
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:steveham@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2012
 


Biography:
Steven Hamilton received a first-class Honours degree in Economics from the University of Queensland in Australia in 2009. From 2010 to 2012, he worked at the Australian Treasury on a range of policy issues such as the federal budget, the...[more]


Hernández, Mónica
Name: Hernández, Mónica
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:monihern@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2009
 


Biography:
Mónica Hernández is a Ph.D. student in Economics and Public Policy studying the economics of education and development. Her research interests include childcare programs and the interaction between personality traits and economics. She received her...[more]


Lee, Jieun
Name: Lee, Jieun
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:leejieun@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2012
 


Biography:
Growing up in both the US and South Korea, Jieun Lee developed an early interest in international relations and interdisciplinary studies. She received a B.A. (2008) in International Relations and a B.B.A. (2008) in Business Administration from Ewha ...[more]


Lim, Katherine
Name: Lim, Katherine
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:katielim@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2010
 


Biography:
Katie received a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Before coming to Michigan, she worked as a research assistant at the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center in Washington D.C. Her research interests...[more]


Litten, Andrew
Name: Litten, Andrew
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:alitten@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2011
 


Biography:
Andrew Litten graduated from Emory University May 2004 with a BBA. He will received an MPP from The University of Chicago in June 2011. He worked as an intern in Washington as an Analyst. He also worked in the private sector on taxation issues for...[more]


Mahajan, Parag
Name: Mahajan, Parag
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:paragma@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2013
 


Biography:
Parag is a joint doctoral student in Economics and Public Policy. He graduated in 2009 with a B.A. in Economics and International Studies from Northwestern University. Before arriving to Michigan, he worked as a Research Associate at the Federal...[more]


Streich, Francie
Name: Streich, Francie
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:fstreich@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2008
 


Biography:
Francie Streich received her B.A. in economics at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Before attending the University of Michigan, Francie worked as a research associate at the Spencer Foundation. Francie is interested in public economics...[more]


Theoharides, Caroline
Name: Theoharides, Caroline
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:cbtheo@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2008
 


Biography:
Caroline Theoharides is a Ph.D. candidate in economics and public policy at the University of Michigan. In 2006, Caroline earned her undergraduate degree in economics from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. Prior to commencing her graduate studies, ...[more]


Thompson, Hope
Name: Thompson, Hope
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:hopet@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2011
 


Biography:
Hope Thompson graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2009 with a double major in Economics and Contemporary European Studies. She then worked for two years at RTI-International in the Public Health Economics Program before coming to Michigan, where she...[more]


Toohey, Desmond
Name: Toohey, Desmond
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Economics
Email:dtoohey@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2008
 


Biography:
Desmond Toohey got his start in economics at the University of Maryland, where he earned bachelor’s degrees in economics and government. After graduating from Maryland, he went on to become a research assistant at the Urban Institute, studying...[more]


Barnes, Carolyn
Name: Barnes, Carolyn
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:cybarnes@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2008
 


Biography:
Carolyn Barnes is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include political behavior among low income populations and trends in social welfare policy administration in the urban...[more]


Beattie, Andrea
Name: Beattie, Andrea
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:andreadb@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2013
 


Biography:
Andrea Beattie is a graduate from Texas A&M International University in Laredo, Texas, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with a minor in Economics in 2011, and a Master of Arts degree in Political Science in 2012. Her ...[more]


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Name: Beatty, Alison
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:azbeatty@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2012
 


Biography:
Alison Beatty graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2012 with a B.S. in International Political Economy. Her research interests revolve around interstate competition for foreign direct investment and the developing role of U.s. states...[more]


Ellis, Cali
Name: Ellis, Cali
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:cmortens@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2008
 


Biography:
Cali Mortenson Ellis is a PhD candidate in Public Policy and Political Science. She has a BA in economics from Bates College and an MPP from the University of Michigan Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Prior to joining the PhD program, she...[more]


Gause, LaGina
Name: Gause, LaGina
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:laginag@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2010
 


Biography:
LaGina Gause is a Joint PhD student in Public Policy and Political Science at the University of Michigan. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Howard University in 2006. Her interests include social policy issues concerning low-income...[more]


Guha, Sourav
Name: Guha, Sourav
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:sguha@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2007
 


Biography:
Sourav Guha is a PhD candidate in the Joint Doctoral Program in Public Policy and Political Science. His research interests revolve around the environmental policy arena, with particular attention to policies and outcomes in the United States and...[more]


Hemphill, Portia
Name: Hemphill, Portia
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:raportia@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2009
 


Biography:
Portia Hemphill, a native of Chicago, IL, received her B.A. (with dual honors) from Wesleyan University in 2007. Immediately thereafter, she became a Corps member of Teach For America, serving as a teacher in Chicago Public Schools for two years....[more]


Kostyuk, Nadiya
Name: Kostyuk, Nadiya
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:nadiya@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2014
 


Biography:
Nadiya holds a master’s degree in Global Affairs, with a concentration in Transnational Security (Cybersecurity) from New York University. After graduation, she worked as a Program Coordinator for the Global Cooperation in Cyberspace Initiative...[more]


Phoenix, Davin Lanier
Name: Phoenix, Davin Lanier
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:dphoenix@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Summer 2005
 


Biography:
Davin Phoenix is a native of Virginia’s peninsula coast. Davin graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2005 with a B.A. in political science. He is both a Rackham Merit and National Science Foundation Fellow. Davin’s research interests...[more]


Potter, Rachel Augustine
Name: Potter, Rachel Augustine
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:rapotter@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2009
 


Biography:
Rachel Augustine Potter is a Ph.D. student in the joint program in political science and public policy. Her research interests include the bureaucracy and American political institutions more broadly. Prior to her arrival in Ann Arbor, she earned a ...[more]


Ravanilla, Nico
Name: Ravanilla, Nico
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:rnico@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2011
 


Biography:
Nico Ravanilla received a BS Economics and an MA Economics at the University of the Philippines‐Diliman. Prior to coming to Michigan, Nico worked as a research analyst at the Philippine Institute for Development Studies, as a consultant at the ...[more]


Ravishankar, Anita
Name: Ravishankar, Anita
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:anitarav@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2012
 


Biography:
Anita Ravishankar graduated from Georgetown University in 2009 with a major in Science, Technology, and International Security and a certificate in African Studies. She subsequently worked at CNA, a research institute in Alexandria, VA, where she...[more]


Redmond, Sinéad
Name: Redmond, Sinéad
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:sineadgr@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2014
 


Biography:
Sinéad graduated from Barnard College with a BA in Political Science in 2012. Since then, she has worked as a paralegal in Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s Public Policy Litigation & Law Department. She is interested in studying American ...[more]


Reynolds, Molly
Name: Reynolds, Molly
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:mollyer@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2009
 


Biography:
Molly Reynolds entered the PhD program in political science and public policy in 2009. Her research focuses on Congress and legislative politics, with an emphasis on how legislative organization, rules, and procedures affect domestic policy...[more]


Seago, Laura
Name: Seago, Laura
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Political Science
Email:laseago@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2010
 


Biography:
Laura Seago holds an AB with honors from the University of Chicago with concentrations in International Studies and Latin American Studies. While at Chicago, she was awarded the university’s Human Rights Internship to work with coffee producers in...[more]


Alemu, Matthew
Name: Alemu, Matthew
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Sociology
Email:mwalemu@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2012
 


Biography:
Matthew Alemu completed his B.S. in Accounting at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans in 2006. Afterwards, he received his MPP from the University of Michigan in 2009. Before returning to U of M in Fall 2012, Matthew worked as a policy...[more]


Cheng, Siwei
Name: Cheng, Siwei
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Sociology
Email:chengsw@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2012
 


Biography:
Siwei Cheng graduated with B.A. in Economics and B.Sc. in Statistics from Peking University, China. She is currently a PhD candidate in Public Policy and Sociology and a trainee at the Population Studies Center at the University of Michigan, where...[more]


Cross, Christina
Name: Cross, Christina
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Sociology
Email:crosscj@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2014
 


Biography:
Christina Cross is a doctoral student in Public Policy and Sociology and a trainee in Social Demography at the Population Studies Center. Before coming to Michigan, she earned her BA in Sociology from Emory University, in Atlanta GA. She held a...[more]


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Name: Eno, Jared
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Sociology
Email:jpeno@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2014
 


Biography:
Jared is interested in issues of poverty and inequality, especially the role of education in social stratification; the role of research in public policy; and quantitative methodology. After completing his MPP at University of Michigan, he worked...[more]


Fang, Michael
Name: Fang, Michael
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Sociology
Email:mikefang@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2013
 


Biography:
Michael graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010 with a degree in Sociology. Prior to Michigan, he worked as a research assistant at Social Policy Research Associates. His research focuses on the relationship between race,...[more]


Gillooly, Jessica
Name: Gillooly, Jessica
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Sociology
Email:jgillool@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2013
 


Biography:
Jessica Gillooly is a doctoral student in Public Policy and Sociology and a trainee in Social Demography at the Population Studies Center. Before coming to Michigan, she received her MPP at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of...[more]


Liu, Airan
Name: Liu, Airan
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Sociology
Email:airanliu@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2011
 


Biography:
Airan Liu received a BA in Sociology and Economics from Beijing University in July 2011. She won a GuangHua Scholarship from Peking University in 2010, and Li and Fung Scholarship in 2008. She took a class with Professor Xie Yu in the Department of...[more]


Morrell, Erica
Name: Morrell, Erica
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Sociology
Email:eblom@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2009
 


Biography:
Erica Morrell's research examines political contention and the politics of knowledge and participation around agriculture and food policy. She utilizes comparative-historical and qualitative methods to explore these issues. She has just completed a...[more]


Peachey, Everett
Name: Peachey, Everett
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Sociology
Email:epeachey@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2011
 


Biography:
Everett Peachey is a third-year student in the Joint PhD program in Public Policy and Sociology. He is both a Rackham Merit and National Science Foundation Fellow and a trainee at the Population Studies Center. His research interests lie primarily...[more]


Rochmes, Jane
Name: Rochmes, Jane
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Sociology
Email:jrochmes@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2008
 


Biography:
Jane Rochmes is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy and Sociology and a trainee in Social Demography at the Population Studies Center. She received a BA in Sociology from Rice University in 2006. Jane’s research interests are race/ethnicity,...[more]


Turner, Kennedy
Name: Turner, Kennedy
Degree:PhD in Public Policy & Sociology
Email:turkenne@umich.edu
Term Admitted:Fall 2011
 


Biography:
Kennedy Turner received a BA in Political Science from Howard University in May 2011. She held a research internship at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and she has participated in the Ronald E. McNair and Public Policy Intentional...[more]