Our PhD in Public Policy (PPOL) doctoral students are registered at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and delve into a broad range of research areas during their time at Harvard.

Our current PPOL students and their areas of interest are listed below.

Yazan Al-Karablieh

Labor economics, public economics and development.

Andrew Bacher-Hicks

Economics of education, labor economics and applied econometrics. 

Megan Bailey

Environmental economics, particularly the evaluation of policy options for climate change.

Patrick Behrer

Environmental and resource economics, and development economics. Patrick is specifically interested in the integration of payments for ecosystem services into development and conservation policy.

Shweta Bhogale

Development economics, political economy and organizational economics.

Sebastian Bustos

Economics of entrepreneurship and private sector development. Sebastian is particularly interested in the political economy and decision making process of providing public goods.

Kevin Carney

Development economics, behavioral economics and applied econometrics.

Rohit Chandra

The history, evolution and dynamics of energy markets in South Asia, particularly in India. Rohit is focusing on coal and electricity markets and their supply chains, governance and distortions. More broadly, he is interested in natural resource politics and the developmental/infrastructure state.

Juan Pablo Chauvin

Urban Economics, Development Economics, and Labor Economics. Juan Pablo studies cities and regions at different national income levels, with a focus on understanding the connections between labor markets, housing markets, and the industry composition of places.

Cuicui Chen

Industrial organization, game theory and environmental economics. Current projects include the effect of belief formation and the rate-of-return regulation on the efficiency of the U.S. Acid Rain Program, testing of dynamic equilibrium assumptions, and international public good provision schemes that achieve full participation and Pareto efficiency.

Stephen Coussens

Applied microeconomics, particularly health economics and behavioral economics. Currently focusing on physicians' use of diagnostic heuristics within hospital emergency departments.

Elijah de la Campa

Applied microeconomics with a focus on worker incentives and accountability systems in the public sector.

Bradley Dewees

Judgment and decision making. Specifically, his research focuses on accountability, uncertainty, how ideas are shared and ethical decision-making. He is an active duty officer in the Air Force and is interested in applying his research interests to military decision making.

Charles Dorison

Judgment and decision making, behavioral law and economics and political psychology. Broadly, Charlie's research focuses on how harnessing specific emotions can improve policy-relevant behaviors, such as economic patience and receptiveness to disagreeing views.

Holly Dykstra

Applied microeconomics with a focus on behavioral economics and public economics. Particularly interested in financial decision making in low-income households.

Peter Dyrud

International relations, quantitative causal inference methods and political economy with a regional interest in East Asia and the Middle East. Primary research focuses on state policy in response to kidnappings, especially the deterrence effect of hostage rescue operations. Additional interests include networks and data science.

Layane El Hor

Development economics and political economy.

Raissa Fabregas Robles Gil

Applied microeconomics with a focus on development economics and labor economics. Raissa is interested in understanding how to improve public service delivery in developing countries.

Robert French

Applied microeconomics, particularly labor and behavioral economics.

Madeleine Gelblum

Labor economics with a focus on the returns to higher education, gender wage gaps and the impact of technology on the labor market.

Todd Gerarden

Energy and environmental economics and policy, public economics and industrial organization.

Valentine Gilbert

Urban economics, development economics and machine learning. 

Jason Goldrosen

Applied microeconomics with a focus on labor economics.

Guthrie Gray-Lobe

Labor economics, education, market design and public finance.

Marie-Pascale Grimon

Labor economics and applied econometrics.

Sarika Gupta

Development, political economy and comparative politics with a focus on South Asia. 

Isabel Harbaugh

Political economy, development economics and higher education with a particular interest in education financing and vocational degrees.

Alicia Harley

Innovation studies and agriculture development with particular interest in the impact of agriculture innovation on inequality and the governance of innovation. Regional focus in South Asia and Middle East.

Blake Heller

Applied microeconomics with a focus on economics of education and labor economics.

Helen Ho

Applied microeconomics with a focus on criminal justice and inequality.

Abraham Holland

Development, behavioral and labor economics. Abraham’s current research interests include the effect of non-cognitive traits on labor market outcomes.

Stuart Iler

Environmental and energy economics and policy, industrial organization and applied econometrics.

Ariella Kahn-Lang

Labor economics. Specific interest in mass incarceration, immigration policy, family structure and other issues related to inequality in the labor market.

Jennifer Kao

Health economics with a focus on regulation and innovation in health care. Her work examines the impact of pharmaceutical regulation on subsequent innovation and off-label drug use, regulatory incentives for pharmaceutical investment in serious diseases and the role of public financing on research and health outcomes within academic medical center.

Shefali Khanna

Energy and environmental economics, development economics and public finance.

Asad Liaqat

Political economy and development economics. Asad is interested in the determinants and consequences of citizens' subjective expectations from the state, citizens' relationships with agents of the state and/or of politicians and in tolerance and empathy among school children.

Frina Lin

Applied microeconomics with a focus on health, development and labor.

Heidi Liu

Judgment and decision making, particularly related to gender, experimental and behavioral economics and its applications to law and negotiation, and labor economics.

Jiahua Liu

Industrial organization, international trade and development economics.

Stephanie Majerowicz

Development economics, labor economics and political economy with a focus on natural resources and private sector development.

Sharan Mamidipudi

Development economics, particularly on social security schemes in developing countries, in India specifically.

Kunal Mangal

Labor and development economics. Kunal's current research focuses on labor market insecurity and the aggregate consequences of the demand for government jobs in developing countries.

Grace McCormack

Applied microeconomics with a focus in labor economics, health economics and health policy.

Kristen McCormack

Environmental and climate policy, public economics and political economy.

José Ramón Morales Arilla

Political and development economics. José Ramón is especially interested in the political economics of extractive activities, institutional development, macroeconomic policy and private sector development policy.

Emily T. Mower

Consumer search using clickstream data. Her research uses machine learning and statistical techniques to infer customer intent, identify patterns of substitution and develop algorithms to optimize revenue and engagement. Her current projects focus on search in the realm of retail and home buying. 

Aroop Mukharji

International relations and national security, war studies, psychology and strategic decision making, U.S. foreign policy; conceptions of power, Cold War politics, WWI and WWII and post-WWII settlement.

Christine Mulhern

Labor economics, public economics and economics of education with a focus on access to and success in higher education.

Janhavi Nilekani

Environmental economics and development economics with a focus on air pollution control policies in India.

Kadeem Noray

Applied microeconomics, economics of crime and economic history. 

Dayea Oh

Energy and environment economics, industrial organization and development economics.

Felix Owusu

Labor economics with a focus on inequality and the economic consequences of criminal sanctions and incarceration.

James Reisinger

Applying the techniques and findings of behavioral and experimental economics to development.

Kevin Rowe

Environmental and energy economics, development economics and political economy.

Lauren Russell

Labor economics and social policy with a focus on the intersections of poverty, race, inequality and gender. 

Rebecca Sachs

Labor economics and health economics. Interested in how government institutions impact inequality with a focus on social insurance programs and healthcare markets.

Averell Schmidt

International relations and comparative politics with a focus on conflict and political violence. 

Niharika Singh

Labor and development economics.

Elizabeth Spink

Environmental economics and policy, development economics and applied econometrics.

Samuel Stemper

Applied microeconomics, labor economics and public sector economics. 

Daniel Stuart

Environmental economics, public economics and labor economics. Current research includes a project on the local economic and fiscal impacts of refugee resettlement in the United States.

Gabriel Tourek

Development economics, labor economics, behavioral economics and applied econometrics.

Christopher Umphres

Judgment and decision making under uncertainty, effective communication and persuasion, coaching and feedback. His is an active duty Air Force officer and fighter pilot working to apply his research to military decision making, training and flight instruction. 

Daniel Velez-Lopez

Environmental economics, natural resource economics and development economics.

Lisa Xu

Structural transformation and employment in developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa. Also industrial policy and issues pertaining to gender and labor.

Joshua Yardley

Economics of education, particularly the use of technology in teaching and learning and applied econometrics.