National Poverty Fellow
Melody Harvey is a National Poverty Fellow at the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) during the 2018–2020 academic year and is being mentored by IRP Affiliate and Associate Professor of Consumer Science J. Michael Collins. Her research interests include consumer policy, social policy, and higher education policy as they affect economically vulnerable Americans. Her work at OPRE focuses on family economic stability and research methodology. Prior to joining OPRE, she was an assistant policy researcher at RAND Corporation, where she led quantitative analyses on a program evaluation of a permanent supportive housing program and worked on projects concerning financial decision-making, working conditions, and social programs. Melody Harvey has a Ph.D. in policy analysis from the Pardee RAND Graduate School.