I combine a strong scholarly research record and robust teaching experience with an extensive pre-PhD professional background in program evaluation and applied research.
I am currently a Postdoctoral Scholar at Oregon State University's School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Prior to pursuing my PhD in Public Policy at Oregon State University under a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, I spent almost fifteen years providing program evaluation and other applied research services to public-sector and non-profit clients. I also hold an MPA from Princeton University’s School of International and Public Affairs. I use she/her/hers pronouns.
My research interests focus on the field of public policy, spanning three main areas: policy process, governance and policy analysis. My scholarship ranges from the determinants of policy decisions and governance practices to the impact of public policy decisions on individuals, households and communities.
My primary substantive expertise is social policy, especially policies focused on increasing self-sufficiency and social inclusion. I also have growing experience with research related to stakeholder and policy responses to emerging energy and environmental issues.
I tend to take a multi-disciplinary approach to research, drawing on various research traditions (Economics, Political Science and Sociology), depending on the research question(s) of interest.
I have experience with both quantitative and qualitative research methods, as well as a long history of conducting contract-based program evaluation and policy analysis for public agencies and non-profit organizations.
As a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Oregon State University College of Public Health, I primarily conduct research related to the Oregon Poverty Measure Project. For that project, I am working with Dr. David Rothwell to develop a supplemental poverty measure for the state, using a combination of administrative data, American Community Survey and Current Population Survey data. Learn more about this project.
I am also working on several other projects, both related to my dissertation, and collaborative projects with researchers from multiple universities, all of which are expected to yield scholarly and policy-focused publications. Learn more about my work in progress.