Asher Dvir-Djerassi is a joint Ph.D. student with the Department of Sociology and the Ford School of Public Policy. Asher came to the University of Michigan with an M.S. in data science from the City University of New York, a B.A. in economics from Hampshire College, and a year of graduate coursework in economics completed at Sciences Po–Paris. From 2014 to 2015, Asher served as a Fulbright Fellow in Vidin, Bulgaria. Asher's research interests surround questions of alternative mechanisms of redistribution, comparative welfare states, tax and transfer policy in the United States and Europe, the political economy of post-socialist Eastern Europe, and structural inequality in the European Union.