DR. PETER BLAIR

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Peter Q. Blair is on the faculty in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University where he co-directs the Project on Workforce. He serves as a Faculty Research Fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and the Principal Investigator of the BE-Lab – a research group with partners from Harvard University, Clemson University, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His group’s research focuses on the link between the future of work and the future of education, labor market discrimination, occupational licensing, and residential segregation. Dr. Blair received his Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, his M.Sc. in Theoretical Physics from Harvard University, and his B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from Duke University. He is the youngest of his parents’ seven sons, and got his start understanding markets by selling fruit and vegetables in the Bahamas in the Nassau Straw Market with his brothers.

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BENJAMIN

POSMANICK

JOB MARKET CANDIDATE

Ben Posmanick is a PhD Candidate in Economics from Clemson University. He is  originally from the greatest city in the world, St. Louis, MO, and went to college at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, just outside St. Louis. During his time at SIUE and Clemson, he has been fortunate to have great professors that instilled a love in economics in him. "I bring that love to my work and research."  

FIELDS: FINANCIAL ECONOMICS, LABOR ECONOMICS, PUBLIC ECONOMICS,AND  APPLIED ECONOMETRICS 

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Kenneth Whaley is a PhD candidate in Economics at Clemson University. He uses applied microeconomic analysis to study public and urban economic topics broadly related to neighborhood quality, housing, and schools. He will be available for interviews during the 2020 ASSA meetings in San Diego.

FIELDS: PUBLIC ECONOMICS, URBAN ECONOMICS, INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION

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ELIJAH

NEILSON

JOB MARKET CANDIDATE

Elijah Neilson is a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at Clemson University (expected graduation date -  May 2020). His research focuses on the determinants of human capital investment. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, he studied Mathematics at the University of Utah.

FIELDS: LABOR ECONOMICS,  APPLIED ECONOMETRICS , AND INDUSTRIAL ORGANIZATION

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BOBBY

W. CHUNG

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

Dr. Bobby Chung is a labor economist who received his Ph.D in Economics at Clemson University in 2018. He is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His most recent work includes social network analysis and occupational licensing.

FIELDS: LABOR ECONOMICS

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JANELLE FOUCHÉ

GRADUATE STUDENT

Janelle Fouché is a PhD student at Harvard, studying Education Policy & Program Evaluation. She is a Malcolm Hewitt Wiener PhD Scholar in Poverty and Justice and a Partnering in Education Research (PIER) Fellow at the Center for Education Policy Research. Her research interests lie at the intersection of the carceral system and education policy, as she believes the two are inextricably linked to issues of race, inequality, and opportunity. In addition to her academic work, she spends her time tutoring inside prisons and juvenile detention centers and reading timely texts from police and prison abolitionists.

Janelle holds a B.S. in Economics and a B.S in Management Science (with a concentration in Finance) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

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SALMAN KHAN

GRADUATE STUDENT

Salman Khan is a PhD student at Harvard University studying Education Policy and Program Evaluation. He earned his BA from Rutgers University and his MA from Stanford University. His research focuses on issues of college and career readiness, post-secondary access, and labor market outcomes for first-generation, minority, and low-income students.

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ARKĀDIJS ZVAIGZNE

GRADUATE STUDENT

Arkādijs Zvaigzne is a Ph.D. student in Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and holds an M.S.Ed in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. He has previous experience in higher education policy and administration in the European context, specifically in working on the higher education system of a small country. Arkādijs is interested in researching and improving college access, informed college choice, and the financing of higher education, as well as how these aspects work in the context of small countries.

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ASHUTOSH 

BHURADIA

GRADUATE STUDENT

Ashutosh Bhuradia is a doctoral student in Education Policy and Program Evaluation and Presidential Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He holds a master’s in International Comparative Education from the Stanford, a master’s in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, and a bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Technology of Madhya Pradesh, India. He has managed large-scale education assessment programs and field experiments in developing countries while at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford. His interests include the impact of affirmative action policies and after-school programs on the skill development and labor-market outcomes of low-income youth.

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CORBAN

RAWLS

UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT

Corban Rawls is a class of 2021 undergraduate at Harvard University studying Government with a secondary in Global Health and Health Policy. Corban has experience living across the world, spending 3 years living in Melbourne, Australia, in addition to other countries. He has an interest in policy as it relates to technology, health, and business. Apart from academics, Corban is an All-American swimmer on the Men’s Swimming and Diving team at Harvard and volunteers to teach children to swim in the Boston area.

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MORGAN 

ADDERLEY

GRADUATE STUDENT

Morgan Adderley is currently pursuing her Master of Public Policy at the University of Oxford. Her studies have enabled her to hone her skills in comparative policy analysis, law, international trade, and the relationship between technological progress and economic development. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Morgan worked as a journalist. She covered a myriad of issues relating to the development outcomes of the Bahamas and wider Caribbean, including criminal justice, tax reform, and climate change. Morgan graduated magna cum laude from Northeastern University, where she earned a BA in International Affairs and minors in Political Science and English. Her interests include development economics, postcolonial theory, media representation, critical race theory and intersectionality.

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