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

Public finance, labor 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. Specifically, the economics of climate change adaptation and mitigation with a secondary focus on land use, ecosystem services, and conservation.

Ben Berger

Applied econometrics, health care, economics of innovation, pharmaceutical regulation.

Shweta Bhogale

Development economics, political economy, and organizational economics.

Jake Bradt

Applied microeconomics of climate and the environment.  Interested in applying insights from behavioral economics and industrial organization to the study of climate risk and uncertainty.

Sebastian Bustos

Economics of entrepreneurship and private sector development, particularly political economy and decision making process of providing public goods.

Kevin Carney

Development economics, behavioral economics, and applied econometrics.

Elijah de la Campa

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

Tridevi Chakma

Environmental and energy economics and policy. In particular, energy market design, as well as low-carbon development. 

Marcos de Souza Barroso

Energy and environmental economics, development economics.

Bradley Dewees

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

Matthew Dodier

Applied microeconomics with a focus on development, health, and environmental economics.

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, labor economics, and the role of technology and education in strengthening resilience and social cohesion. 

Robert French

Applied microeconomics, particularly labor and behavioral economics.

Madeleine Gelblum

Labor and personnel economics. Specific interests in gender gaps, technology and workplace organization, and higher education.

Valentine Gilbert

Labor economics, public economics, and behavioral economics.  

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.

Isabel Harbaugh

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

Alice Heath

The application of behavioral and labor economics to social service program design, decision-making and performance management, with a particular focus on services for children and families.

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 economics.  Abraham’s current research interests include the effect of information asymmetries on preferences over lottery mechanisms.

Stuart Iler

Environmental and energy economics and policy, industrial organization, and network and machine learning methods.

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

Economics of innovation and health economics. Jennifer’s work seeks to examine the determinants of innovation in the pharmaceutical industry.   

Shefali Khanna

Energy and environmental economics, development economics.

Roman Klimke

Labor and development economics with a focus on Social Security, in particular the design and evaluation of unemployment insurance systems. Roman’s current research focuses on Germany, but in future work he would like to study labor market institutions in regions with weaker governance, especially the Middle East.

Eleanor Krause

Eleanor is examining the distributional and welfare implications of environmental and climate policies. She is particularly interested in understanding and addressing the economic impacts of policies on low-income and other vulnerable communities, and adapting the tools of microeconomics to discover policies that promote both environmental integrity and economic mobility.

Asad Liaqat

Political economy and development economics. Asad's current research is focused on the behavior of public officials and voters. In particular, he is studying how local elected officials respond to citizen preferences, information transmission within political parties, and female political participation. 

Frina Lin

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

Heidi Liu

Judgment and decision making; behavioral law and economics (especially in employment law); experimental economics and randomized control trials in the law. Among other research, Heidi’s work focuses on potential legal and policy interventions to reduce gender inequality in the campus/workplace.

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 and political economy. In particular, affirmative action, citizen-state interactions, and state capacity.

Kunal Mangal

Labor and development economics. Kunal's current research focuses on 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

Applied microeconomics with a focus on environmental, urban, and public economics.

Molly Moore

Judgement and Decision Making, particularly as it relates to pro-social behavior in areas such as health, altruism and women’s rights.

Laura Morris

Development economics and policy, focusing on health and public economics. Particularly interested in resource allocation, and evaluations of social programs.

José Ramón Morales Arilla

Political and development economics, focused on the determinants of institutional change and economic policy.

Emily T. Mower

Demand learning using techniques from machine learning, econometrics, and statistics with applications to personalized recommendations, retail price optimization, and the economics of the housing market.

Aroop Mukharji

International relations, history, national security, decision making, and U.S. foreign policy. Imperialism, Progressive Era, Spanish-American War, Philippine-American War, Open Door Policy, WWI, William McKinley, Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson.

Christine Mulhern

Labor economics and economics of education, with a focus on higher education. Her work examines how students make postsecondary education choices and what factors influence educational attainment. 

Kadeem Noray

Applied microeconomics, economics of crime, and economic history. 

Dayea Oh

Labor economics and public economics with a focus on peer effects and productivity at the workplace.

Felix Owusu

Labor economics with a focus on the economics of crime, inequality, and discrimination.

Guillermo Palacious Diaz

Development economics, public economics and health economics. Specifically, challenges in healthcare access and delivery in developing countries.

James Reisinger

Behavioral economics with applications in labor and development. 

Kevin Rowe

Energy and environmental economics, industrial organization, and political economy.

Melanie Rucinski

Economics of education and labor economics, with a focus on teacher labor markets and addressing racial and socioeconomic gaps in educational systems.

Lauren Russell

Labor economics and public finance with a focus on the intersections of poverty, race, inequality, and gender. Interested specifically in neighborhood sorting, neighborhood effects, and U.S. housing policy.

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. 

Hilton Simmet
Niharika Singh

Labor and development economics, with a regional focus on South Asia. Specific research topics include constraints to firm growth, international migration, and labor market intermediation.

Emma Smith

Development economics and political economy, with a regional focus in the Middle East. 

Elizabeth Spink

Environmental economics and policy, development economics, and applied econometrics.

Samuel Stemper

Applied microeconomics, labor economics, and public sector economics. 

Daniel Stuart

Environmental and energy economics, public economics, and labor economics.

Gabriel Tourek

Public economics, development economics, and behavioral economics.

Christopher Umphres

Judgment and decision making under uncertainty, overconfidence, social cognition, and dehumanization. An active duty Air Force officer and fighter pilot, he works to apply his research to military decision making, training, and flight instruction. 

Daniel Velez-Lopez

Environmental economics, natural resource economics, and development economics.

Amy Wickett

Public and labor economics with a focus on criminal justice and inequality.

Joshua Yardley

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