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 studies consumer and social policies as they affect economically vulnerable populations in the United States. I currently assess the impact of financial education on young adults’ behaviors using methods from applied microeconomics and program evaluation, with careful attention to decisions and behaviors that commonly occur across a range of socioeconomic groups. 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.