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Anjali Adukia is an assistant professor at Chicago Harris. Her primary interests concern improving access to education in developing countries, particularly at the intersection of education and health.  Her current work examines the impact of sanitation on education and health outcomes in rural Indian schools.

Originally from Illinois, Anjali earned her master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard and her bachelor's from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Molecular and Integrative Physiology.  She has a background in non-profit management and higher education administration.  Before moving to Boston, Anjali handled volunteer management and training with the Make-A-Wish Foundation and community relations and program coordination with the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs in San Francisco.  After her master's degree, Anjali served as a Visiting Administrative Fellow in the Office of the President and Provost at Harvard and then worked for the Democratic National Convention Committee.  Her international interests took her to India where she started a city-wide service initiative in Ahmedabad, Gujarat and worked with tsunami rehabilitation coordination in coastal Tamil Nadu with Indicorps.  Her past research projects include examining the role of transcriptional and growth factors in cancer and organ development at Northwestern Medical School, aiding with research and data collection for studies on affirmative action with the Civil Rights Project at Harvard, and consulting with the Broadmoor Neighborhood Project in New Orleans as part of rehabilitation and reconstruction efforts post-Hurricane Katrina with the Harvard Kennedy School.  Anjali continues to work with non-governmental organizations in India such as UNICEF and Manav Sadhna.

Moving forward, Anjali will be teaching subjects related to education and development economics and pursuing research and other relationships with organizations that positively influence education policy in developing contexts.

Scott Ashworth is an associate professor and associate director of the Chicago Harris Ph.D. program. His research uses game-theoretic models to study a variety of issues in political science, with a special emphasis on campaigns and elections.

Ashworth’s recent research has examined the welfare economics of campaign finance, the sources of the incumbency advantage, the media’s influence on policy choice, and some methodological pitfalls in the study of suicide terrorism. His current research has two main foci. The first uses nonstandard models of beliefs to study issues including optimal delegation and targeting in electoral campaigns. The second uses canonical ideas from the theory of contracts to study the impact of domestic politics on international conflict.

Before joining Chicago Harris, Ashworth was an assistant professor in the department of government at Harvard University and in the department of politics at Princeton University. Ashworth received his B.S. in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Katherine Baicker

Katherine Baicker, a leading scholar in the economic analysis of health care policy, commenced as Dean and the Emmett Dedmon Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy in August 15, 2017.

Baicker’s research focuses primarily on the factors that drive the distribution, generosity, and effectiveness of public and private health insurance, with a particular focus on health insurance finance and the effect of reforms on the distribution and quality of care.  She is currently one of the leaders of a research program investigating the many effects of expanding health insurance coverage in the context of a randomized Medicaid expansion in Oregon. Her research has been published in journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Health Affairs, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Before coming to the University of Chicago, Baicker was the C. Boyden Gray Professor of Health Economics in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She holds appointments as a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; as an affiliate of the Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab; and serves on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers; on the Board of Directors of Eli Lilly; and on the editorial boards of Health Affairs and the Journal of Health Economics. Baicker is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine (IOM) and the National Academy of Social Insurance. 

Baicker has been a member of the faculty of the Department of Public Policy in the School of Public Affairs at the University of California, Los Angeles; the Economics Department at Dartmouth College; and the Center for the Evaluative Clinical Sciences and the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. She has served as Chair of the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission; Chair of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth; Commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission and a nonresident senior fellow of the Brookings Institution. From 2005-2007, she served as a Senate-confirmed Member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where she played a leading role in the development of health policy. Baicker earned her B.A. in economics from Yale and her Ph.D. in economics from Harvard.
Maria  Bautista is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Maria’s research focuses on the political, economic and social consequences of state-led repression. Her PhD dissertation studied the case of military dictatorship in Chile based on a unique dataset she collected and explores the extent to which repression affected individual political preferences, behavior and economic outcomes by comparing subjects who were victims of political torture or imprisonment by the state to subjects who did not. She also studies the heterogeneous effects and the intergenerational consequences of repression.

Christopher R. Berry is an associate professor at Chicago Harris.  His research interests are in the political economy of American local government and the politics of federal spending. He is currently engaged in two major lines of research. The first explores how the institutional design of local government influences political accountability and public policy. The second is an analysis of the ways in which executive and legislative politics influence the geographic distribution of federal outlays. Professor Berry is the author of Imperfect Union: Representation and Taxation in Multilevel Governments, published by Cambridge University Press, as well as many other scholarly publications. For access to Professor Berry’s writings, please visit his research web page.

Prior to joining Chicago Harris, Berry was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University in the Department of Government's Program on Education Policy and Governance. He received his BA from Vassar College, Master of Regional Planning (MRP) from Cornell University, and PhD from the Department of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Professor Berry is also active in community development and was formerly a director in the MetroEdge division of ShoreBank, America's oldest and largest community development financial institution.

Dan A. Black is a professor and director of the Chicago Harris Ph.D. program.

He also serves as a senior fellow at the National Opinion Research Center. Black is the project director for the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Labor Economics, Labour Economics, and Journal of Urban Economics. His research focuses on labor economics and applied econometrics. His papers have appeared in the top journals in economics, statistics, and demography. He has served on panels for the Census Bureau, the Department of Education, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the National Academy of Science and has served as a consultant for the New Zealand and Australian governments.

Before joining Chicago Harris, he was on faculty at the University of Kentucky and Syracuse University, held visiting appointments at the University of Chicago, Australian National University, and Carnegie Mellon University. Black holds a BA and MA in history from the University of Kansas and an MS and PhD in economics from Purdue University.

Christopher Blattman is the Ramalee E. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict studies. Additional summary forthcoming; for current information please visit the Harris Faculty Directory.

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita is a professor and deputy dean for the faculty at Chicago Harris. He is an applied game theorist whose research focuses on political violence--especially terrorism and insurgency--and on democratic accountability. His writing in these areas appears in numerous leading scholarly journals in both political science and economics.

Bueno de Mesquita's current research focuses on two aspects of insurgency and counterinsurgency. One project considers the determinants of insurgent tactical choice. In particular, it asks when insurgents employ terrorist and other guerrilla tactics and when they focus on more traditional forms of war fighting. A second project examines the implications of internal divisions within insurgent organizations for government-insurgent negotiations. He has also studied terrorist recruitment, the sources of internal division and internecine violence within terrorist organizations, the use of terrorism to spark large-scale revolutionary mobilization, peace processes, and counter-terrorism policy.

Bueno de Mesquita's work on accountability examines how changes in institutional and electoral environments affect political and policy outcomes including public goods provision, the quality of fiscal management, the incumbency advantage, corruption, and party strength. He is also concerned with more foundational questions regarding the nature of representation and accountability in democratic systems. Bueno de Mesquita has also qriteen on several topics in law and politics, including the emergence of judicial norms such as deference to precedent, the effect of formal legal institutions on informal economic and social etworks, and judicial oversight of the bureaucracy.

Before coming to Chicago Harris, Bueno de Mesquita taught in the department of political science at Washington University in St. Louis and was a Lady David Fellow in political science and visiting fellow in the Center for the Study of Rationality at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundations, the Office of Naval Research, and the United States Institute of Peace. Bueno de Mesquita received his BA in political science from the University of Chicago and his MA and PhD in political science from Harvard.

Peter Buisseret is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. His research is focused on political economy theory, and understanding how political institutions—such as legislative process and electoral rules—affect collective decision-making in societies. To date, his work has focused on the relative performance of parliamentary and presidential systems, designing reform strategies when there is uncertainty about who will hold future political power, and the durability of international agreements in the shadow of domestic elections. He studies these questions using game-theoretic models that can produce empirical predictions as produce concrete policy prescriptions. His work has been published in The American Journal of Political ScienceThe Journal of Politics and Games and Economic Behavior.

Peter received his BA (Hons) from Oxford University, in the United Kingdom, and his PhD from Princeton University. Previously, he was a member of the economics faculty at the University of Warwick, and worked in investment banking for two years before attending graduate school.

Kerwin Charles is Deputy Dean and the Edwin and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor at Chicago Harris and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses on a range of subjects in the broad area of applied microeconomics. His work has examined such questions as how mandated minimum marriage ages affects young people’s marriage and migration behavior; the effect of racial composition of neighborhoods on the social connections people make; the causes for the dramatic convergence in completed schooling between recent generations of American men and women; differences in visible consumption across racial and ethnic groups; the effect of retirement on subjective well being; the propagation of wealth across generations within a family; and many dimensions of the effect of health shocks, including on family stability and labor supply. Recent work has studied the degree to which prejudice can account for wages and employment differences by race and gender. In ongoing work, he is studying the connection between economic outcomes and various aspects of voting behavior.

Steve Cicala is an assistant professor at Chicago Harris, and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His work focuses on the economics of regulation, particularly with respect to environmental and energy policy. His current research examines recent deregulatory initiatives in the United States’ electricity sector, and uses the observed changes in operations at power plants to draw conclusions regarding the importance of competing theories of regulatory inefficiency. His ongoing research compares the performance of markets against command-and-control systems in the context of wholesale electricity markets.

Cicala received an AB in economics and political science from the University of Chicago and a PhD in economics from Harvard University. Following receipt of his undergraduate degree, he spent two years as a research associate at the Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. While at Harvard, he was awarded the Enel Endowment Prize for the best environmental economics paper by a doctoral student.

Amy Claessens, an assistant professor at Chicago Harris, studies education, child development, and public policy. Her work investigates how policies and programs influence child development and how early achievement and socioemotional skills relate to subsequent life outcomes. Claessens’s work uses administrative or large-scale longitudinal data and utilizes both quantitative and qualitative techniques.

Claessens has investigated a wide-range of issues surrounding child development and public policy including an experimental work support program and how achievement and socioemotional skills at school entry relate to later school achievement. This research on school readiness was featured in the New York Times . Much of Claessens’s research examines how out-of-home contexts such as child care, preschool, and school influence child well being. Her dissertation, “The Development and Determinants of Academic and Socioemotional Skills in Middle Childhood,” examined how achievement and socioemotional skills develop and interrelate over the course of elementary school and how school-age child care experiences influenced this development. Claessens received a Child Care Bureau Dissertation Research Scholar Grant to fund a portion of her dissertation. She also has examined school reform and school choice policies in the Chicago Public Schools. She has recently begun investigating early childhood policy in Australia in conjunction with the Australian Government, focusing on universal preschool and early child care experiences.

Claessens holds a Ph.D. in human development and social policy from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. Prior to joining the faculty at Chicago Harris, Claessens was a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Don L. Coursey is the Ameritech Professor of Public Policy Studies at Chicago Harris and the College and served as dean of Chicago Harris from 1996 to 1998. He is an experimental economist whose research elicits reliable measures of preferences and monetary values for public goods, such as environmental quality. Coursey’s research has focused on demand for international environmental quality, environmental legislation in the United States, and public preferences for environmental outcomes relative to other social and economic goals.

Coursey led an investigation of environmental equity in Chicago, documenting the prevalence of hazardous industrial sites in poor, minority neighborhoods. He has examined public expenditures on endangered species. He has also consulted with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the wake of the Exxon Valdez oil spill to develop federal response guidelines for environmental disasters.

He received both a B.A. in mathematics and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Arizona and has previously taught at the University of Wyoming and Washington University in St. Louis, MO. He has received the Burlington-Northern Foundation Award for Distinguished Achievement in Teaching, Greater St. Louis Award for Excellence in University Teaching, John M. Olin School of Business Teacher of the Year Award in 1989 and 1990, and has been named Professor of the Year for six consecutive years by Chicago Harris students.

Oeindrila Dube is the Philip K. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies.Oeindrila Dube’s research focuses on understanding the causes and consequences of conflict and crime in the developing world.

Dube’s current research interests include studying the role of employment opportunities in engaging at-risk Muslim youth, understanding the role of trauma in post-conflict recovery, and analyzing the role of gender in conflict. Through this research agenda, she aims to help advance the Pearson Institute’s goal of incubating new strategies for curbing violence worldwide.

In past work, Dube has examined how commodity price shocks influence civil war in Colombia, documented how the availability of guns from the US promotes violent crime in Mexico, and experimentally evaluated the effects of post-conflict reconciliation in Sierra Leone.

Dube’s research affiliations include the National Bureau of Economic Research, the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development, the Centre for Economic Policy Research, the International Growth Center, and the University of Chicago Crime Lab.

Previously, Dube was an assistant professor of politics and economics at New York University and a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Global Development. She holds a PhD in public policy from Harvard University, an MPhil in economics from the University of Oxford, and a BA in public policy from Stanford University. She also received a Rhodes Scholarship in 2002.

Steven Durlauf is a Professor at the Harris School. Steven’s research spans many topics in microeconomics and macroeconomics. His most important substantive contributions involve the areas of poverty, inequality and economic growth. Much of his research has attempted to integrate sociological ideas into economic analysis. His major methodological contributions include both economic theory and econometrics. He helped pioneer the application of statistical mechanics techniques to the modelling of socioeconomic behavior and has also developed identification analyses for the empirical analogs of these models. Other research has focused on techniques for monetary policy evaluation. Durlauf is also known as a critic of the use of the concept of social capital by economists and other social scientists and has also challenged the ways that agent-based modelling and complexity theory have been employed by social and natural scientists to study socioeconomic phenomena.

Prior to joining Harris, Steven was the William F. Vilas Research Professor and Kenneth J. Arrow Professor of Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Durlauf is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has held previous positions at Stanford University; University of California, Los Angeles; Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro; the Santa Fe Institute; and Federal Reserve, among others.

Durlauf graduated magna cum laude with a BA in economics from Harvard in 1980. He went on to earn his doctorate from Yale in 1986.

Wioletta Dziuda is an Assistant Professor at Chicago Harris. Her main interests lie in applied game theory, political economy and the economics of information. 

Her current research focuses on analyzing how legislative bargaining affects the nature and the efficiency of policies. She shows that in uncertain economic or political environments, policy making may lead to legislators’ polarization and inefficient policy inertia. She is currently applying her findings to the economics of regulations, in particular trying to explain the frequent use of inefficient economic instruments.

Before joining Chicago Harris, Dziuda was an assistant professor at Kellogg School of Management. She received her PhD in economics from Princeton University.

Alexander Fouirnaies is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. His work concentrates on the political economy of elections. Most of his research focuses on how money and the media shape elections and affect representation and accountability. Methodologically, Fouirnaies has an interest in causal inference and applied econometrics.  Most of his projects use natural experiments to uncover causal relations between political and economic variables.  Prior to joining Harris, Fouirnaies was a Prize-Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University. He earned his PhD at the London School of Economics.

Anthony Fowler is an assistant professor at Chicago Harris. His research focuses on difficult causal questions about political representation. When and to what extent do advanced democracies represent or fail to represent the preferences of their citizens? What policy interventions can improve representation? He designs randomized experiments, searches for natural experiments, and develops new tools to address these questions.

Ingvil Gaarder is an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. Her research applies microeconomic theory and microdata to study the differential effects of government policies on individuals. In one paper, she uses a natural experiment in Norway to examine the incidence and distributional effects of consumption taxes across households. A second strand of research has studied the effect on wage and employment outcomes resulting from the interaction of new technology with different worker skill levels.

Ingvil graduated in 2014 from the European University Institute in Florence with a Ph.D. in Economics. She earned her MSc from University of Oslo. Prior to Harris, Ingvil held positions as Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Fiscal Studies in London and Research Associate at the Department of Economics, University of Chicago.

Yallen Gallen Yana Gallen is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. She received a PhD in economics from Northwestern Universiy in 2016. Her research fields of interest include labor economics, applied microeconomics, and public economics.

Peter Ganong is an Assistant Professor at Chicago Harris. He studies how households manage difficult financial circumstances such as unemployment and having an underwater mortgage. He also helped start immigrantdoctors.org. He received a BA in 2009 and a PhD in 2016, both in economics from Harvard. He worked at the White House Council of Economic Advisers from 2009 to 2010 and helped to start the City of Boston's Citywide Analytics Team from 2014 to 2015. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research from 2016 to 2017.

Michael Greenstone is the Milton Friedman Professor of Economics and the Director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC).  His research largely focuses on environmental and energy economics.  Prior to rejoining the faculty at Chicago, Professor Greenstone was the 3M Professor of Economics at MIT.  Among Professor Greenstone's many honors, he is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Faculty Director of the E2e Project; Director of the Climate Change, Environment and Natural Resources Research Programme of the International Growth Centre; a Senior Fellow of the Brookings Institution; and Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Jeffrey Grogger, the Irving Harris Professor in Urban Policy at Chicago Harris, is one of the nation’s leading experts on welfare reform. He specializes in labor economics, applied microeconomics, applied econometrics, and economics of crime. His recent work includes projects on international migration and racial inequality. For his work on racial profiling, he received the Outstanding Statistical Application Award for 2007 from the American Statistical Association.

Grogger received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego. He was a coeditor of the Journal of Human Resources from 1996 to 2008. Before joining Chicago Harris, he taught at the University of California, Los Angeles and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Grogger has also been a research fellow in the Office of the Attorney General of the State of California. He is the chair of the National Longitudinal Surveys Technical Review Committee, a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a research fellow with the Institute for the Study of Labor (Bonn, Germany).

J. Mark Hansen joined Chicago Harris faculty in 2013. His research focuses on interest groups, citizen activism and public opinion.

One of the nation's leading scholars of American politics, John Mark Hansen is the author of two books: Mobilization, Participation and Democracy in America with Steven Rosenstone – for which he received the Outstanding Book Award from the National Conference of Black Political Scientists; and Gaining Access: Congress and the Farm Lobby, 1919-1981. In 1999, he received the Heinz Eulau Award from the American Political Science Association for the Best Article Published in the American Political Science Review in 1998. In 2003, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In addition to his distinguished scholarship, Hansen is an experienced administrator. He is currently a Senior Advisor to President Zimmer and has previously served as Dean of the Social Sciences Division, Chairman of the Political Science Department, and Associate Provost for Education and Research.

James J. Heckman is the Henry Schultz Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Economics and the College, an affiliate professor at Chicago Harris, and the director of the Center for Social Program Evaluation at Chicago Harris. Much of his work has focused on the impact of different social programs and the methodologies used to measure those program’s effects. Heckman has researched areas such as education, job training programs, minimum wage legislation, women’s work and earnings, child care effects, anti-discrimination laws, civil rights and early childhood interventions. Additional research includes the effects of tax policy on schooling and training choices and the formulation and estimation of general equilibrium models.

Heckman is on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Econometrics. He served as co-editor of the Handbook of Econometrics, Volumes 5 and 6. He has served on the National Academy of Science Panel on the State of Black Americans, the Board of Overseers of the Michigan Panel Survey of Income Dynamics, and the National Academy's Science Panel on Statistical Assessments. He is a fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and a resident member of the American Philosophical Society. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association, the International Statistical Institute, the Journal of the Econometrics, the Society of Labor Economics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a lifetime member of the Irish Economic Association.

Heckman has received numerous honors, including the John Bates Clark Medal from the American Economic Association in 1983 and the Dennis J. Aigner Award in 2005 and 2007 for the best empirical paper in the Journal of Econometrics. He received the Ulysses medal from University College Dublin in 2005. He received the Mincer Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Society of Labor Economics in 2005. In 2008, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the President of the Italian Republic by the International Scientific Committee of the Pio Manzù Centre. He also received the Distinguished Contributions to Public Policy for Children Award from the Society for Research in Child Development in 2009. He was president of the Midwest Economics Association in 1998 and president of the Western Economic Association from 2006-2007. In 2000, Heckman was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his development of theory and methods for analyzing selective samples and the evaluation of public policy.

William Howell is the Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics at Chicago Harris and a professor in the Department of Political Science and the College. He has written widely on separation-of-powers issues and American political institutions, especially the presidency. He currently is working on research projects on Obama's education initiatives, distributive politics, and the normative foundations of executive power.

William recently published two books, one with coauthors Saul Jackman and Jon Rogowski entitled The Wartime President: Executive Influence and the Nationalizing Politics of Threat (University of Chicago Press, 2013); and the other, with David Brent, entitled Thinking about the Presidency: The Primacy of Power (Princeton University Press, 2013).  He also is the co-author (with Jon Pevehouse) of While Dangers Gather: Congressional Checks on Presidential War Powers (Princeton University Press, 2007); author of Power without Persuasion: The Politics of Direct Presidential Action (Princeton University Press, 2003); co-author (with Paul Peterson) of The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools (Brookings Institution Press, 2002); co-author (with John Coleman and Ken Goldstein) of an introductory American politics textbook series; and editor of additional volumes on the presidency and school boards. His research also has appeared in numerous professional journals and edited volumes.

Before coming to Chicago Harris, William taught in the government department at Harvard University and the political science department at the University of Wisconsin. In 2000, he received a PhD in political science from Stanford University.

Koichiro Ito is an Assistant Professor at Harris School of Public Policy at University of Chicago. He received a BA from Kyoto University, a MA from University of British Columbia, and a PhD from UC Berkeley. Prior to joining University of Chicago, he was a SIEPR Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University and an Assistant Professor at Boston University.

His research interests lie at the intersection of environmental and energy economics, industrial organization, and public economics. These include analyses of how consumers respond to nonlinear pricing, dynamic pricing, and rebate programs in electricity markets, how intrinsic and extrinsic motivation affects their economics decisions, how firms strategically react to attribute-based regulation such as fuel economy standards, and how firms respond to dynamic incentives in sequential forward markets in wholesale electricity markets. His research uses randomized field experiments and quasi-experimental designs to address policy relevant questions in energy and environmental policy.

Professor Ito is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Faculty Affiliate at the E2e Project, a Faculty Fellow at Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab, a Research Fellow at the Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry, and a Research Fellow at the Graduate School of Economics at Kyoto University.

Amir Jina is an Assistant Professor at Harris Public Policy. An environmental and development economist, his research focuses on the role of the environment and environmental change in the shaping how societies develop. He uses applied economic techniques combined with methods from climate science and remote sensing to understand the impacts of climate in both rich and poor countries, and has conducted fieldwork related to climate change adaptation with communities in India, Bangladesh, Kenya, and Uganda.

Prior to University of Chicago, Amir was a visiting scholar at the University of California, Berkeley where he worked on the economic analysis of the Risky Business initiative, an independent assessment of the economic risks posed by a changing climate in the U.S. He is a founding member of the Climate Impact Lab - an interdisciplinary collaboration examining the socioeconomic impacts of climate change around the world. Amir was also a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Economics Department of University of Chicago, and a Senior Fellow at the Energy Policy Institute of Chicago (EPIC).

Amir received his Ph.D. in Sustainable Development and M.A. in Climate and Society both from Columbia University, B.A.s in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from Trinity College, Dublin, and previously worked with the Red Cross/Red Crescent in South Asia.

Damon Jones conducts research at the intersection of public finance, household finance and behavioral economics. In his current research, he examines how the timing of income taxation affects household income flows and by extension household consumption patterns and financial decisions. These findings are in turn used to test models of behavioral biases in decision making, such as impatience and self-control.

At Chicago Harris, Jones currently teaches a course on public finance and public policy, and a course in advanced microeconomics. He was a post doctoral fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (2009-2010) and is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Jones received his PhD in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley and also holds a BA in Public Policy with a minor in African and African-American Studies from Stanford University, which he received in 2003.

Ariel Kalil is a Professor in the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she directs the Center for Human Potential and Public Policy.  She also holds an appointment as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Stavanger, Norway, in the Department of Business Administration.  She is a developmental psychologist who studies how economic conditions and parents’ socioeconomic status affect child development and parental behavior.  Her recent projects have examined the relationship between parental education and time with children, the effects of the Great Recession on parental behavior and child development, and the association between income inequality and children’s educational attainment.  Kalil received her PhD in developmental psychology from the University of Michigan.  Before joining Chicago Harris's faculty in 1999, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan's National Poverty Center. Kalil has received the William T. Grant Foundation Faculty Scholars Award, the Changing Faces of America's Children Young Scholars Award from the Foundation for Child Development, the National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, and in 2003 she was the first-ever recipient of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Award for Early Research Contributions.  Her current work is funded by NICHD and by the MacArthur and Russell Sage Foundations.

Ryan Kellogg is a professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and is a research associate at the National Bureau for Economic Research. His research bridges industrial organization, energy economics, and environmental policy, focusing on the economics of resource extraction and on the transportation sector. Kellogg's publications examine topics such as the response of investment to uncertainty, the economic consequences of the shale gas boom, the effectiveness of policies to reduce emissions from the transportation sector, factors affecting households' vehicle demand, and the nature of firms' and households' beliefs about future oil and refined product prices. In ongoing work, he is studying the economics of private mineral leases for shale gas and the economics of fuel economy standards when future gasoline prices are uncertain.

Kellogg earned a PhD in Agricultural and Resource Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2008. Prior to his graduate studies, he worked for BP in Houston, TX, and Anchorage, AK, for four years as an engineer and economic analyst. Kellogg earned a BS in Chemical Engineering and a BA in Economics from Rice University in 1999. He grew up outside of Cleveland, OH.

Robert J. LaLonde, a professor at Chicago Harris, focuses on program evaluation, education and training of the workforce, economic effects of immigration on developed countries, costs of worker displacement, impact of unions and collective bargaining in the United States, and economic and social consequences of incarceration. LaLonde is leading research projects examining women in Illinois prisons and their children, and the employment prospects of young men after they are paroled from prison.

He received his PhD in economics from Princeton University and joined the University of Chicago in 1985, where he first taught for ten years at both the Graduate School of Business and Chicago Harris. Previously, LaLonde was an associate professor of economics at Michigan State University. He has been a research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) since 1986 and served as a senior staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers during the 1987-1988 academic year. He is also a Research Fellow at NBER and the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). Currently, he serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Public/Private Ventures, a national nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve the effectiveness of social policies, programs, and community initiatives.

Jens Ludwig is the McCormick Foundation Professor of Social Service Administration, Law, and Public Policy in the School of Social Service Administration and Chicago Harris, director of the University of Chicago Crime Lab, and co-director of the University of Chicago Urban Education Lab. He also serves as a non-resident senior fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution, research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), and co-director of the NBER's working group on the economics of crime. His research focuses on social policy, particularly in the areas of urban poverty, crime, and education.

In the area of urban poverty, Ludwig has participated since 1995 on the evaluation of a HUD-funded randomized residential-mobility experiment known as Moving to Opportunity (MTO), which provides low-income public housing families the opportunity to relocate to private-market housing in less disadvantaged neighborhoods. In the area of crime, Ludwig has written extensively about gun-violence prevention. Through the Crime Lab he is also involved in partnering with policymakers in Chicago and across the country to carry out large-scale policy experiments to identify effective (and cost-effective) ways to help prevent crime and violence. In the area of education he has written extensively about early childhood interventions, and about the role of social conditions in affecting children’s schooling outcomes.

His research has been published in leading scientific journals across a range of disciplines including Science, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Economic Journal, and the American Journal of Sociology. His co-authored article on race, peer norms, and education with Philip Cook was awarded the Vernon Prize for best article in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. He is also co-author with Cook of Gun Violence: The Real Costs (Oxford University Press, 2000), co-editor with Cook of Evaluating Gun Policy (Brookings Institution Press, 2003), and co-editor with Cook and Justin McCrary of Controlling Crime: Strategies and Tradeoffs (University of Chicago Press, 2012).

Prior to coming to Chicago Harris, Ludwig was a professor of public policy at Georgetown University. He is currently on the editorial boards of American Economic Journal: Policy, the Journal of Quantitative Criminology, and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and was formerly co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources. In 2012 he was elected vice president of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), the professional society for public policy schools. Ludwig received his BA in economics from Rutgers College and his MA and PhD in economics from Duke University. In 2006 he was awarded APPAM's David N. Kershaw Prize for Contributions to Public Policy by Age 40. In 2012 he was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

Luis Martinez is an assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He is mainly interested in topics related to the political economy of development, particularly the relationship between taxation, accountability, and governance.

His current research uses sub-national data from Colombian municipalities to study the way in which the source of government revenue (taxes v.s. oil royalties) affects public good provision and the misbehavior of local public officials. In previous related work, he has provided laboratory evidence on people's tendency to make riskier choices when handling easily-gotten windfall income. He is also currently studying the effects on conflict intensity of increased access to Venezuelan territory by Colombian insurgent groups during the administration of Hugo Chávez.

Martinez received a BA in economics and philosophy (summa cum laude) from Los Andes University and an MRes (with distinction) and PhD in economics from the London School of Economics.

Susan E. Mayer, a professor at Chicago Harris and the College, served as dean of Chicago Harris from 2002 to 2009. She has published numerous articles and book chapters on the measurement of poverty, the effect of growing up in poor neighborhoods, and the effect of parental income on children's well-being. She is currently doing research on intergenerational economic mobility and on using behavioral insights to help low-income adults become better parents.

Mayer has been a member of the Institutes of Medicine, National Research Council, Board on Children, Youth and Families, the Board of Directors of Chapin Hall Center for Children and the Board of Advisors, for the Pew Charitable Trust Economic Mobility Project.  She has also been a member of the General Accounting Office Educators' Advisory Panel, the National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics Panel to Review U.S. Department of Agriculture's Measurement of Food Insecurity and Hunger, and the Committee on Standards of Evidence and the Quality of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research.  Mayer has an honorary Doctor of Laws degree conferred by Lake Forest College.  Mayer is the past director and deputy director of the Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research. She has served as an associate editor for the American Journal of Sociology.

David O. Meltzer is Chief of the Section of Hospital Medicine, Director of the Center for Health and the Social Sciences, and Chair of the Committee on Clinical and Translational Science at The University of Chicago, where he is Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine, and affiliated faculty of Chicago Harris and the Department of Economics. Meltzer’s research explores problems in health economics and public policy with a focus on the theoretical foundations of medical cost-effectiveness analysis and the cost and quality of hospital care. Meltzer has performed randomized trials comparing the use of doctors who specialize in inpatient care (“hospitalists”). He is currently leading a Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Innovation Challenge award to study the effects of improved continuity in the doctor patient relationship between the inpatient and outpatient setting on the costs and outcomes of care for frequently hospitalized Medicare patients. He led the formation of the Chicago Learning Effectiveness Advancement Research Network (Chicago LEARN) that helped pioneer collaboration of Chicago-Area academic medical centers in hospital-based comparative effectiveness research and the recent support of the Chicago Area Patient Centered Outcomes Research Network (CAPriCORN) by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

Meltzer received his MD and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago and completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Meltzer is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Lee Lusted Prize of the Society for Medical Decision Making, the Health Care Research Award of the National Institute for Health Care Management, and the Eugene Garfield Award from Research America. Meltzer is a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and past president of the Society for Medical Decision Making. He has served on several IOM panels, include one examining U.S. organ allocation policy and the recent panel on the Learning Health Care System that produced Best Care at Lower Cost. He also has served on the DHHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Healthy People 2020, the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Methodology Committee, as a Council Member of the National Institute for General Medical Studies, and as a health economics advisor for the Congressional Budget Office.

Alicia S. Menendez is a Research Associate (Associate Professor) at Chicago Harris and the Department of Economics, and a Principal Research Scientist at the NORC. At Harris, she also leads the International Policy Practicum, which provides real-world international policy experience to a select group of Chicago Harris students. 

Menendez's research interests include development economics, education and health, labor markets, and household behavior. She is particularly interested in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently engaged in a project that collects and analyzes data on individuals' health and economic status, the costs associated with illness and death, and the impact of adult deaths on households and children's well being in a series of household surveys in South Africa.

Menendez received her PhD in economics from Boston University. Before coming to the University of Chicago, she was a lecturer in public and international affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School and a researcher at the Research Program in Development Studies at Princeton University.

Bruce Meyer, the McCormick Foundation Professor at Chicago Harris, studies poverty and inequality, tax policy, government safety net programs such as unemployment insurance, workers' compensation, food stamps, and Medicaid, and the accuracy of household surveys.  His most recent work includes research on trends in poverty and inequality, the consequences of disability, the effects of Medicaid, and the reporting in surveys of government programs such as food stamps.  

Meyer received his BA and MA in economics from Northwestern University and his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Meyer was a faculty member in the Economics Department at Northwestern University from 1987 through 2004. He has also been a visiting faculty member at Harvard University, University College London and Princeton University, a member of the Institute for Research on Poverty, a faculty research fellow and research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Meyer has also served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, Human Resources Development Canada, Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation, and Mathematica Policy Research.

Robert T. Michael, the Eliakim Hastings Moore Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, was the founding dean of Harris. He currently teaches courses on economics of child and family policy, leadership in Chicago, and co-teaches a course on "science, technology, and policy." Michael has for many years also worked at NORC, currently as the project director of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (NLSY) Program. Previously, he served as CEO of NORC. Michael helped to design and conduct the NLSY79, the Children of the NLSY, the NLSY97, and the Children of the National Child Development Study (NCDS) in Great Britain. He was one of three who designed and published extensively using the "National Health and Social Life Survey," America's first national probability sample survey of adult sexual behaviors. He chaired the National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council Panel on Poverty and Family Assistance, which recommended major changes in the official measure of poverty in the United States. Michael’s current research focuses on parental investments in children, and on adolescent and adult sexual behavior in the United States. Michael has written on the causes of divorce; the reasons for the growth of one-person households; the impact of inflation on families; the consequences of the rise in women’s employment for the family, especially children; teenage fertility; sexually transmitted disease; and abortion. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Western Reserve Academy, and served on the Federal Advisory Committee to the National Children’s Study 2002–2006. In 2005, Michael received the Robert J. Lapham Award from the Population Association of America in recognition of his many contributions during his career blending research with the application of demographic knowledge to policy issues.

Roger Myerson is the Glen A. Lloyd Distinguished Service Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago. Professor Myerson has made seminal contributions to the fields of economics and political science. In game theory, he introduced refinements of Nash's equilibrium concept, and he developed techniques to characterize the effects of communication when individuals have different information. His analysis of incentive constraints in economic communication introduced some of the fundamental ideas in mechanism design theory, including the revelation principle and the revenue-equivalence theorem in auctions and bargaining. Professor Myerson has also applied game-theoretic tools to political science, analyzing how political incentives can be affected by different electoral systems and constitutional structures.

Myerson is the author of Game Theory: Analysis of Conflict (1991) and Probability Models for Economic Decisions (2005). He also has published numerous articles in Econometrica, the Journal of Economic Theory, Games and Decisions, and the International Journal of Game Theory, for which he served as an editorial board member for 10 years.

Professor Myerson has a PhD from Harvard University and taught for 25 years in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University before coming to the University of Chicago in 2001. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences. He was awarded the 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in recognition of his contributions to mechanism design theory.

Colm A. O’Muircheartaigh is a professor and previous dean of Chicago Harris, as well as a senior fellow in the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). O'Muircheartaigh's research encompasses survey sample design, measurement errors in surveys, cognitive aspects of question wording, and latent variable models for nonresponse. He is principal investigator on the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Internet Panel Recruitment Survey, and co-principal investigator on NSF's Data Research and Development Center and the National Institute on Aging's National Social Life Health and Aging Project (NSHAP). He is also responsible for the development of methodological innovations in sample design for NORC's face-to-face surveys in the U.S.

He joined Chicago Harris from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), where he was the first director of the Methodology Institute, the center for research and training in social science methodology, and a faculty member of the Department of Statistics since 1971. He has also taught at a number of other institutions, having served as a visiting professor at the Universities of Padova, Perugia, Firenze, and Bologna, and, since 1975, has taught at the Summer Institute of the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.

Formerly president of the International Association of Survey Statisticians and a council member of the International Statistical Institute, O'Muircheartaigh is actively involved in these and a number of other professional bodies. He is a member of the U.S. Census Bureau Federal Advisory Committee of Professional Associations (chair of the statistics subcommittee), a member of the Advisory Boards of the Panel Study on Income Dynamics (PSID) and the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health (Add Health), and a member of the National Academies Panel on Residence Rules for the 2010 Census. He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a fellow of the American Statistical Association, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute. He has served as a consultant to a wide range of public and commercial organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, and the Netherlands. Through his work with the United Nations (FAO, UNDP, UNESCO), OECD, the Commission of the European Communities, the International Association for Educational Assessment (IEA), and others, O'Muircheartaigh has also worked in China, Myan Mar, Kenya, Lesotho, and Peru.

Tomas J. Philipson is the Daniel Levin Professor of Public Policy Studies in the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy at The University of Chicago. He is an associate member of the Department of Economics and a former senior lecturer at the Law School. His research focuses on health economics, and he teaches Masters and PhD courses in microeconomics and health economics at the University.

Philipson was born and raised in Sweden where he obtained his undergraduate degree in mathematics at Uppsala University. He received his MA and PhD in economics from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. He was a visiting faculty member at Yale University in the academic year 1994-95 and a visiting fellow at the World Bank in the winter of 2003.

Philipson has served in several public sector positions. He served in the second Bush Administration as the senior economic advisor to the head of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during 2003-04 and subsequently as the senior economic advisor to the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in 2004-05. He served as a senior health care advisor to Senator John McCain during his 2008 campaign for President of the United States. In December of 2010, he was appointed by the Speaker of the US House of Representatives to the Key Indicator Commission created by the recent health care reform.

Philipson is the recipient of numerous international and national research awards. He has twice (in 2000 and 2006) been the recipient of the highest honor of his field: the Kenneth Arrow Award of the International Health Economics Association (for best paper in the field of health economics). In addition, he was awarded the Garfield Award by Research America in 2007 (for best paper in the field of health economics), The Prêmio Haralambos Simeonidisand from the Brazilian Economic Association in 2006 (for best paper in any field), and the Distinguished Economic Research Award from the Milken Institute in 2003 (for best paper in any field of economics). Philipson has been awarded numerous grants and awards from both public and private agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the John M. Olin Foundation, and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

Philipson is a founding editor of the journal Forums for Health Economics & Policy of Berkeley Electronic Press and has been on the editorial board of the journal Health Economics and The European Journal of Health Economics. His research has been published widely in all leading academic journals of economics such as the American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Health Economics, Health Affairs, and Econometrica.

Philipson is a fellow, board member, or associate of a number of other organizations outside the University, including the National Bureau of Economic Research, the American Enterprise Institute, the Manhattan Institute (where he is chairman of Project FDA), the Heartland Institute, the Milken Institute, the RAND Corporation, and the USC Shaeffer Center for Health Economics and Policy. At the University of Chicago, he is affiliated with the John M. Olin Program of Law & Economics, the George J. Stigler Center for the Study of the Economy and the State, the Northwestern/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research, the Population Research Center, and the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). He was a member of the University-wide Council on Research in 2000-02 and is currently a member of the Advisory Committee to the University's Office of Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer (UCTech).

Philipson has done executive consulting for both private corporations, including many U.S. Fortune 100 companies, as well as government organizations domestically and internationally. This has included work for the President's Council on Science and Technology, the National Academy of Sciences, and the UK National Health Service. It has also included work for multi-lateral organizations such as the World Bank, the World Intellectual Property Organization, and the OECD. He is the co-founder of Precision Heath Economics LLC, on the honorary board of directors of the internet-based consulting firm the Round Table Group, on the board of directors of MedErr Inc, on the board of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, on the council of advisors for the Gerson-Lehrman Group, and a consultant for Compass-Lexecon, Bates White, and Analysis Group.

Philipson’s research is frequently disseminated through the popular press. He is a monthly op-ed contributor for Forbes magazine and frequently appears in numerous popular media outlets such as CNN, CBS, FOX News, Bloomberg TV, National Public Radio, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Business Week, The Economist, Washington Post, Investor's Business Daily, and USA Today. He is a frequent keynote speaker at many domestic-and international health care events and conferences. Philipson has been selected for inclusion in The International Who's Who in The World.

Philipson is a dual citizen of the United States and Sweden and before leaving Sweden served in its army and played volleyball at the national team level.

Guillaume Pouliot is an Assistant Professor at Chicago Harris.  His research focuses on developing statistical methods for nonstandard problems in public policy and economics, the extension of machine learning methods for applications in public policy, and problems at the interface of econometrics and optimization.

Pouliot received his PhD from Harvard University.  Previously, he received his B.A. (Honors) in economics as well as his M.S. (concurrent) in statistics from the University of Chicago.

James Robinson is a University Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He was formerly the Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government at Harvard University. He studied economics at the London School of Economics, the University of Warwick and Yale University. He previously taught in the Department of Economics at the University of Melbourne, the University of Southern California and before moving to Harvard was a Professor in the Departments of Economics and Political Science at the University of California at Berkeley. His main research interests are in comparative economic and political development with a focus on the long-run with a particular interest in Latin America and Sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently conducting research in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sierra Leone, Haiti and in Colombia where he has taught for many years during the summer at the University of the Andes in Bogotá.

Robert Rosner is a theoretical physicist, on the faculty of the University of Chicago since 1987, where he is the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in the departments of Astronomy & Astrophysics and Physics, as well as in the Enrico Fermi Institute and the Harris School of Public Policy Studies.  He served as Argonne National Laboratory’s Chief Scientist and Associate Laboratory Director for Physical, Biological and Computational Sciences (2002-05), and was Argonne’s Laboratory Director from 2005-09; he was the founding chair of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Laboratory Directors’ Council (2007-09).  His degrees are all in physics (BA, Brandeis University; PhD, Harvard University).  He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001, and to the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (as a Foreign Member) in 2004; he is also a Fellow of the American Physical Society.  Most of his scientific work has been related to fluid dynamics and plasma physics problems, as well as in applied mathematics and computational physics, especially in the development of modern high-performance computer simulation tools, with a particular interest in complex systems (ranging from astrophysical systems to nuclear fission reactors).  Within the past few years, he has been increasingly involved in energy technologies, and in the public policy issues that relate to the development and deployment of various energy production and consumption technologies, including especially nuclear energy, the electrification of transport, and energy use in urban environments.  He is the founding director of the Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (EPIC), located at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies and Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago.

Raaj Sah is a professor at Chicago Harris and the College, and an associated faculty member in the Department of Economics. He has previously taught at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania. He received a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad.

He has written on the nature and consequences of human fallibility. His work in this area has been applied in many different contexts, including the architecture of organizations, comparison of alternative economic systems, decentralization of leadership and authority, and several branches of management sciences.

A long-term research interest of Sah is taxation and public finance. In this area he has studied several themes, one being the conflicts over resources that arise in the process of societal modernization. Such conflicts include those between rural and urban populations, which are seen in many of today's poorer countries. Some of this research is presented in the book Peasants Versus City-Dwellers, written jointly with Joseph Stiglitz (Oxford paperback, 2002).

He has written on a number of other topics, including social osmosis. This deals with how people form their perceptions of current social realities and how these perceptions shape future realities, often leading to outcomes quite different from those predicted by conventional economic approaches. He has applied this perspective to the study of the large differences in the levels of crime and corruption observed between various societies. In the past, Sah has advised many financial institutions and governments. He has received several honors for his teaching, including three at the University of Chicago.

Michael Schnabel is a Research Associate and Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He applies methods and ideas of statistical physics and neuroscience to model collective decision-making in social systems. His current research topics include opinion formation, deliberative democracy, and cognitive models of decision-making. 

Michael received his PhD in physics from Goettingen University in Germany. Prior to joining the University of Chicago, he was a research scholar at Northwestern University where he worked in the areas of systems biology and complex networks. 

Konstantin Sonin is John Dewey Distinguished Service Professor at the Harris School of Public Policy Studies. His research interests include political economics, development, and economic theory. His papers have been published in leading academic journals in economics such as the Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, Journal of Political Economy, Review of Economic Studies and political science such as American Political Science Review and American Journal of Political Science. 

In addition to his academic work, Sonin writes a blog on Russian political and economic issues and a fortnightly column for the Russian-language newspaper Vedomosti, and contributed to all major Russian media. In 2012, he was an economic advisor to the presidential campaign of Mikhail Prokhorov.

Sonin earned an MSc and PhD in mathematics from Moscow State University and an MA in economics at Moscow’s New Economic School, was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, served on the faculty of the New Economic School (NES) and Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow, and was also a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.

As an NES and then HSE vice-rector, Sonin was a founder of the HSE-NES joint undergraduate program, and overseen HSE international recruitment effort in 15 disciplines. Now he is affiliated with HSE and Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics as a visiting professor and adviser.

Kim Wolske is a research associate and assistant professor at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and a fellow with the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC). Her work draws on the fields of environmental, social, and cognitive psychology to examine the behavioral dimensions of energy issues, with an eye toward improving the design of public-facing policies and programs. Most recently she collaborated with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory as part of the Department of Energy's Sunshot Initiative to investigate strategies for lowering the soft costs of residential rooftop solar. Other research examines how different ways of framing climate change solutions may influence public perceptions of the issue and support for mitigation and adaption policies.

Wolske previously worked as a researcher with the Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and as an independent consultant to Opower. She received a BA in environmental studies from Connecticut College, an MS in natural resource policy and behavior from the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan, and a PhD in environmental psychology, also from the University of Michigan. 

Paula R. Worthington is a senior lecturer at Chicago Harris, where she teaches classes in state and local public finance and cost-benefit analysis.  At Harris, she is actively involved in teaching, advising, and programming as part of the Municipal Finance Certificate program and related initiatives.  She received her PhD in economics from Northwestern University in 1988; has served as an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and as a research officer, economic advisor, and senior research economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago; and has published articles in academic journals, Federal Reserve publications, and other outlets. Immediately prior to joining Chicago Harris, Worthington taught as a lecturer in the economics department at Northwestern University. Her recent service activities include membership on the Metropolitan Planning Council’s Regional Planning and Investments Committee (2010-present); the Illinois Tax Foundation’s Research Advisory Council (2009-present); the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's Financial Plan Resource Group (2008-2009); and Evanston/Skokie School District 65's Citizens' Budget Committee (2003-2004). Worthington is an eight-time recipient of the Chicago Harris Public Policy Student Association's Best Teacher in a Non-Core Class Award.

Austin Wright is an assistant professor of public policy at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. He is a faculty affiliate of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts, the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project, and non-resident fellow of the Liechtenstein Institute. His research leverages microlevel data to study the political economy of conflict and crime in Afghanistan, Colombia, Indonesia, and Iraq. His work is supported by the National Science Foundation, Niehaus Center for Global Governance, The Asia Foundation, and World Bank. He received his BA in Government and Sociology and BS in Communication Sciences from The University of Texas at Austin and his MA and PhD in Politics from Princeton University.