Visiting Scholars, 2011–2012

IRP-Supported Visiting Scholars

General Poverty Researchers from Underrepresented Groups

Bradley Hardy

Bradley Hardy, assistant professor of public administration and policy at American University, will be in residence from March 11 through 16, 2012. He will present a seminar at IRP on March 15.

Hardy earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Kentucky in August 2011. At Kentucky, Hardy served as a research fellow within the Center for Poverty Research, where he co-authored and provided technical assistance for research reports focused on poverty measurement methods as well as the potential employment effects of child care subsidies. His research interests lie within labor and applied microeconomics, with an emphasis on economic instability, intergenerational mobility, poverty, and young adult socioeconomic outcomes. His current work is focused on documenting trends in earnings and income volatility, estimating potential causal mechanisms for changing volatility, and examining the long-term consequences of parental income volatility for children. Prior to his doctoral studies, Hardy helped provide analyses of U.S. budget, tax, and income support policies as a research assistant at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities in Washington, DC.

IRP affiliates John Karl Scholz, Jim Walker, Robert Haveman, and Timothy Smeeding will serve as Hardy’s hosts and mentors during his stay.

LaShawnDa Pittman-Gay

LaShawnDa Pittman-Gay, National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at Georgia State University, Atlanta, and a 2010–2011 postdoctoral fellow at the National Poverty Center, University of Michigan, will be in residence from March 19 through 23, 2012. She will present a seminar at IRP on March 22.

Pittman-Gay earned a Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University in 2010. Her poverty research interests primarily focus on the ways in which people manage the adverse effects of poverty. Her training is in social inequality, urban poverty, and qualitative sociology, and she uses an ethnographic approach to examine the coping processes of marginalized individuals and families, including inner-city single mothers, grandmother-headed households, and black women living with HIV/AIDS. She investigates stress appraisals and individual coping responses as well as strategies used by individuals to overcome institutional and environmental constraints, interfamilial processes, and the effectiveness of policy and programmatic interventions targeted towards disadvantaged populations.

IRP affiliates Katherine Magnuson, Anna Haley-Lock, and Jane Collins will serve as Pittman-Gay’s hosts and mentors during her stay.

Food Assistance Researchers

Andrea Anater

Andrea Anater, a public health nutrition researcher at RTI International, will be in residence at IRP from March 5 through 9, 2012. She will present a seminar at IRP on March 8.

Anater completed her Ph.D. in health, behavior, and society at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she was also a National Institutes of Health predoctoral fellow and a Center for a Livable Future predoctoral fellow. Much of Anater’s research has focused on the ways that limited-resource households develop food-acquisition coping strategies outside the assistance of government safety net programs and emergency food providers such as food pantries. Currently, Anater is developing categorizations of coping strategies and determining who is most likely to use them, in order to develop specific program and policy interventions to ensure that individuals have adequate access to food to sustain a healthy life.

Anater’s host and mentor during her visit will be IRP RIDGE Center Director Judith Bartfeld.

Rusty Tchernis

Rusty Tchernis is associate professor of economics in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He will be in residence at IRP from April 9 through April 13, 2012. He will present a seminar at IRP on April 12.

Tchernis earned a Ph.D. in economics from Brown University in 2002. His primary areas of research are applied econometrics, health economics, and labor economics. In particular, Tchernis has evaluated school breakfast and lunch programs, the effects of various environmental and geographical factors on childhood obesity, and the ways in which participation in food assistance programs change the ways that families devote their time to other household tasks. His 2010 edited volume with Daniel Slottje entitled Current Issues in Health Economics brings together leading health economics researchers to examine issues of preventative care and effective use of finite health care resources.

Tchernis’s host and mentor during his visit will be IRP RIDGE Center Director Judith Bartfeld.

Christopher Wimer

Christopher Wimer is associate director of the Collaboration for Poverty Research and senior editor of Pathways at the Stanford Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality (CPI). He will be in residence at IRP from April 9 through 13, 2012, and will be presenting a special seminar on Wednesday, April 11.

Wimer earned a Ph.D. in sociology and social policy from Harvard University in 2007. His main research interests are in inequality, neighborhoods, employment, and family. At CPI, he is engaged in efforts to improve poverty measurement at both the local and national levels, as well as efforts to understand the impacts of the Great Recession on family behaviors and young adults. Alongside these efforts, Wimer has worked with colleagues at CPI to create the San Francisco Economic Distress Index using a variety of public data indicators. Also, in a partnership with the San Francisco Food Bank, he has helped develop measurements of unmet food need in the city of San Francisco.

With a grant from IRP’s RIDGE Center, Wimer and colleagues are studying attitudes and behaviors of non-users of food assistance in order to better understand ways that food assistance programs could meet the needs of more food insecure people.

IRP Podcast with Christopher Wimer, Measuring unmet food need in San Francisco and Marin County (May 2012)

Wimer’s host and mentor during his visit will be IRP RIDGE Center Director Judith Bartfeld.

Self-Supported Researchers

Sara Ayllón Gatnau

Sara Ayllón Gatnau, postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Economics and Business at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain, will be in residence from March 1 through June 30, 2012.

Ayllón Gatnau earned a Ph.D. from the Applied Economics Department at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona in July 2009. Her doctoral thesis was devoted to the analysis of poverty dynamics with a special emphasis on young people. She earned an M.Sc. in European social policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science and graduated in economics and journalism. Since September 2009, she has been a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Economics and Business at Universitat Pompeu Fabra. Her research interests are poverty and social exclusion, poverty dynamics, population economics, youth, microdata analysis, and applied microeconometrics.

During her IRP visit, Ayllón Gatnau will focus her attention on the analysis of poverty persistence sources and its policy implications. She is interested in studying the relationship between poverty persistence and psychological well-being as well as the possible feedback effects between demographic change and poverty persistence.

Sara LaLumia

Sara LaLumia is assistant professor of economics at Williams College and will be in residence from October 3 through 7, 2011, and will be presenting a seminar on October 6.

LaLumia earned a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan in 2006. She spent the summer of 2007 as a visiting fellow at the U.S. Congress Joint Committee on Taxation. In 2010–2011, she was a visiting scholar at the Burch Center for Tax Policy and Public Finance at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research interests include income and taxation policies and public finance. Recent work includes an article entitled “The Earned Income Tax Credit and Reported Self-Employment Income” published in the National Tax Journal 62(2).

Joseph Marchand

Joseph Marchand is assistant professor of economics and a fellow of the Alberta Institute for American Studies at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, and will be in residence from January through March 2012. He will present a seminar on January 26.

Marchand earned a Ph.D. in economics from Syracuse University in 2007. He was a research associate at the Center for Policy Research, Syracuse University, from 2002 to 2007; a research assistant at the School of Social Work at Columbia University from 2001 to 2002; and a research assistant at the Office of Population Research, Princeton University, from 2000 to 2001. A labor and demographic economist, Marchand’s research interests include aging and retirement; local labor markets; and poverty, inequality, and discrimination. Recent work includes “Local Labor Market Impacts of Energy Boom-Bust-Boom in Western Canada,” Journal of Urban Economics, (2011), forthcoming.