Alumni Reference: 

"When I joined the Program, I was fortunate to have been offered a deferred tenure-track faculty position in economics. However, upon leaving the Program, because of a regional preference, I conducted a search for an assistant professor position in the New York metropolitan area and decided that the best fit for me was at Milano-The New School for Management and Urban Policy, where I am currently an assistant professor of economics and urban and health policy. As an applied microeconomist who examines racial and ethnic inequality, a great deal of my teaching, research and service has been directed toward the measurement of inequality, and the analysis of the causes, consequences and remedies associated with these inequalities. The Program afforded me the time and resources, as well as a network of advocates and advisors, to enhance my career opportunities while subsequently helping me to become a better educator and scholar.

My experience during the Program in learning from and collaborating with colleagues of varying experiences and norms helped me to become successful in developing a balanced and appropriate course curriculum that challenges, motivates and stimulates a diverse pool of students with varying experiences and norms. My experience in the Program also helped me to contribute more directly to the development of students by serving as an advisor, mentor and dissertation committee member. Moreover, I am now able to expose students to research and ideas that they may not otherwise be exposed to in their normal course of disciplinary studies. In addition, my development as an effective teacher and mentor has enabled me to think, teach and conduct research using theories and tools from a variety of disciplinary perspectives while increasing the breadth of my work concerning race, ethnicity, poverty, and health policy.

Thanks in large part to my training as a RWJF Scholar, I have made contributions to the economics and policy fields, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications, book chapters in edited volumes, editorials, funded research, presentations, symposia, service to professional organizations, and appearances in the media. My work has examined inequality in multiple arenas, including education, employment, health, home ownership, marriage, and wages. Since these arenas are likely to influence and be influenced by one another, my broad examination of all of them has provided me with a more complete depiction of inequality. Moreover, I obtained this broad understanding without sacrificing rigor or depth. A great deal of my understanding was developed during my time as a Scholar.

I currently serve as a co-Associate Director of the American Economic Association Summer Training and Minority Fellowship Program, which is charged with the task of increasing the number of minority scholars entering and completing doctoral programs in economics. I believe that my involvement in this effort was greatly influenced by my time in the Scholars Program. The Program put me on my professional development path and augmented my economics training with insights from other disciplines. I continue to expand my knowledge base in order to grow as a scholar."

Assistant Professor of Economics, and Urban and Health Policy
Milano-The New School for Management and Urban Policy
New York, NY