Graduate Research Assistants


Each graduate research assistant works with a Faculty Advisor, who is listed along with the student’s research interests and contact information.
Additional biographical information is also available.

Graduate Research Assistant Research Areas
Alamuddin

Rayane Alamuddin
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Effects of two-generation education programs on low-income families
  • Improving anti-poverty policies and programs
  • Associations between narratives, narrative identity and psychosocial outcomes in youth and young adults
Alexander

Kendra Alexander
Human Development and Social Policy

  • At-risk youth and the labor market
  • Work readiness and career aspirations and planning
  • Impact of psychosocial factors on vocational decision-making
Bauer

Lauren Bauer
Human Development and Social Policy
Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences

  • Civic engagement and education
  • Developmental roots of political attitudes and behaviors
  • Politics of policymaking, particularly education policy
Becker

Kelly Iwanaga Becker
Sociology

  • Sociology of education, particularly the high-school-to-college transition
  • Inequality and stratification, race, class and gender
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
Burk

Derek Burk
Sociology

  • Cultural sociology
  • Economic sociology
  • Consumer culture
Cannon

Sarah Cannon
Human Development and Social Policy
Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences

  • Closing the achievement gap in rural communities
Chan

Wendy Chan
Statistics

  • Causal inference
  • Quasi-experiments
  • Propensity-score matching methods
Fiona

Fiona Chin
Sociology

  • Social stratification and inequality
  • Elites and the affluent
  • Organizations 
Dahlke

Katie Dahlke
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Early childhood education
  • Child development
  • Educational and social programs and policy evaluation
Dubois

Cynthia (CC) Dubois
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Economics of education
  • Experimental and quasi-experimental design
  • Program/policy evaluation
Heissel

Jennie Heissel
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Economics of education
  • Effects of stress and sleep on cognitive functioning
Jao

Yu-Han Jao
Sociology

  • Social inequality
  • Labor markets
  • Work and family
Jenkins

Stuart Jenkins
Human Development and Social Policy
Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences

  • College salience
  • Barriers to college entry
  • “Sheepskin effects” and labor-market signaling
  • Economics of education
Kendall

Ashley Kendall
Psychology

  • Clinical psychology
  • Psychophysiology
  • Positive emotion
Knudsen

Marcel Knudsen
Sociology

  • Economic sociology
  • Institutional analysis
  • Entrepreneurship

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Arend Kuyper
Statistics

  • Value-added models
  • Item response theory
  • Statistical disclosure control

Labelle

Christina LiCalsi Labelle
Human Development and Social Policy
Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences

  • Effects of young child-environment interactions on educational, health and mental health outcomes
  • Impact of social policies and programs on child development contexts
Lai

Ijun Lai
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Urban education
  • Urban youth development
  • Neighborhood violence
  • Race and inequality
  • Program/policy evaluation
Lansing

Jiffy Lansing
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Identity development during the transition to adulthood, including education and work trajectories
  • Juvenile justice and community college systems

Levay

Kevin Levay
Political Science

  • American public opinion
  • Inequality and intersectionality
  • The role of information in public opinion formation
Madonia

Heather Madonia
Political Science

  • Race and gender politics
  • Public opinion
  • The role of business in policy formation
Meyer

Jess Meyer
Sociology

  • Sociology of health and medicine
  • Families and romantic partnerships over the lifecourse
  • Quantitative and qualitative methods
Moskowitz

Rachel Moskowitz
Political Science

  • Race and education politics
  • Local and state politics
  • Public policy
  • Public opinion
Mullinix

Kevin Mullinix
Political Science

  • Motivated reasoning and debate evaluations
  • Political open-mindedness 
  • Deception in experiments
Murphy

Michael Murphy
Psychology

  • Personality psychology
  • Effects of biology, psychology, and social factors on health across the lifespan

Owens

Kellie Owens
Sociology

    • Science and technology studies
    • Sociology of biomedicine and health
    • Cultural sociology
    • Gender and sexuality
Persico

Claudia Persico
Human Development and Social Policy

  • Accountability-measure implementation problems and design
  • Teacher policy
  • Education inequality
Rodina

David Rodina
Economics

  • Mechanism design
  • Industrial organization
Ross

Emily Ross
Human Development and Social Policy
Society, Biology and Health Cluster Fellowship

  • Impact of parents' human and social capital and the quality of the home environment on young children's development,
    specifically within a low-income population
  • Programs and policy to support and improve the early environments of low-income children
Seeskin

Zachary Seeskin
Statistics

  • Survey statistics
  • Census and government statistics
  • Causal inference
Shirrell

Matthew Shirrell
Human Development and Social Policy
Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences

  • Teacher preparation
  • Teacher recruitment and retention
  • Teacher quality
  • Urban schools
Tang

Yang (Tanya) Tang
Statistics

  • Human brain mapping
  • Design of longitudinal studies and power calculations
  • Interrupted time series
Turner

Mary Clair Turner
Human Development and Social Policy

  • The transition from high school to college
  • Community colleges
  • The evaluation of policy and intervention effectiveness
Wagner

Amy R. Wagner
Economics

  • Education policy
  • Healthcare policy
  • Empirical industrial organization
Zaki

Mary Zaki
Economics

  • Consumer finance
  • Macroeconomics
  • Economic history
Zapata

Claudia Zapata-Gietl
Human Development and Social Policy
Multidisciplinary Program in Education Sciences

  • Narrative identity of Latin American immigrant students and related academic and mental health outcomes