I am a postdoctoral fellow in the National Poverty Fellows Program at the Institute for Research on Poverty and a fellow affiliate at the Center for Financial Security, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am currently in residence at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Research, Planning and Evaluation, Division of Economic Independence in Washington, DC.

My research interests include consumer, social, and financial aid policies as they affect economically vulnerable populations. I currently study the impact of financial education on young adults’ behaviors using applied econometrics and program evaluation research methods, with careful attention to behaviors and decisions that commonly occur across socioeconomic statuses. I link financial decision-making to multiple policy areas and collaborate with scholars across multiple disciplines, while maintaining the specialized expertise necessary to conduct original, policy-relevant research.


  • Ph.D., Policy Analysis (Analytic Concentration: Economic Analysis) Pardee RAND Graduate School

  • M.P.P., Economics and State & Local Policy Pepperdine University

  • B.A., Economics Reed College

Fun Fact!

I learned how to ride a bike without training wheels.