Status: Ph.D. student
Education: Bachelor in engineering and MSc engineering, both from Universidad Catolica de Chile
Interests: Affordable housing; public infrastructure
Bio: Felipe Antequera is a Ph.D. student and a CONNECT program fellow at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His research interests include public policies related to public infrastructure development, and housing policies in his home country of Chile and Latin America — including, currently, low-income renting and sharing in Latin America and affordable housing. Antequera is a civil engineer with experience in managing infrastructure projects, and was in charge of developing important infrastructure projects at the Catholic University in Chile. His future goals are combining his experience in managing infrastructure projects with training in public policy to work in developing public infrastructure and affordable housing policies in Chile. Antequera holds a B.A. and a M.Sc. degree in civil engineering, both from the Catholic University in Chile. He is a Fulbright fellow, and his research is supported by Conicyt (through the BIO – Beca Igualdad de Oportunidades Program).
Status: Ph.D. candidate
Education: B.A. Government, The University of Texas at Austin; MPP, Georgetown University
Interests: Health care; aging; social policy
Personal website: selenacaldera
Bio: Selena Caldera is a Ph.D. candidate with a focus on health care and aging at the LBJ School. Her previous experience includes over 10 years of research experience in public policy areas such as health care, education, immigration and retirement income policy. She has extensive work experience in quantitative analysis, policy and legislative analysis, survey development and collection, and cost analysis. Caldera currently works at the Child and Family Research Partnership on a variety of child welfare evaluations. Previously she was the senior strategy analyst for Central Health, Travis County's health care district, where she analyzed the health care services provided by Central Health and the unmet health care needs in the county. Her past work includes economic research at AARP's Public Policy Institute and legislative and policy research at the Congressional Budget Office.
Status: Ph.D. candidate
Education: B.A. Economics, B.A. Political Science, ITAM, Mexico; M.P.A., Cornell University
Interests: Social policy; migration; human capital; labor economics
Personal website: anapcanedo.com
Bio: Ana Canedo is a doctoral candidate at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a Population Research Center (PRC) graduate student trainee at UT Austin. Her main research interests lie in the fields of labor economics, human capital development, migration and social policy. Before attending the LBJ School, Canedo worked as a research coordinator for the Human Capital Division of the Center of Research for Development AC (CIDAC), an independent, not-for-profit think tank devoted to policy-relevant research in Mexico. She holds an M.P.A. from Cornell University, a B.A. in economics and a B.A. in political science from ITAM, Mexico.
Francisco A. Castellanos-Sosa
Status: Ph.D. student
Education: B.A., Economics, UANL; M.A., Economy and Public Policy, ITESM; M.Sc., Economics, University of Texas at Austin
Interests: Labor economics; public policy; international development
Personal website: franciscocastellanos.com
Curriculum vitae: Francisco Castellanos-Sosa
Bio: Francisco Castellanos-Sosa is a doctoral student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, a graduate student trainee at the Population Research Center (PRC), and a graduate research assistant at the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a scholar interested in labor economics, public policy and international development with a focus on income inequality and industrial policies. Prior to entering LBJ, Castellanos-Sosa did three years of doctoral coursework in the Department of Economics at UT Austin and earned an MSc in economics. He recently served as a lecturer at the Bush School of Government & Public Service at Texas A&M University. In Mexico, he worked on the evaluation of public and budget programs, construction of economic development plans, design of competitiveness public agendas, creation of indexes and identification of strategic economic sectors, and taught several undergraduate and graduate courses at UVM. Castellanos-Sosa also holds a B.A. in economics from the UANL and an M.A. in economy and public policy from ITESM.
Status: Ph.D. student
Education: B.S., sociology, United States Military Academy at West Point; M.A., Defense and Strategic Studies, United States Naval War College
Interests: Diplomacy; national security policy; civil-military relations
Personal website: linkedin.com/in/max-ferguson-945295183
Bio: Max Ferguson is attending LBJ as a Goodpaster Scholar through the U.S. Army, where he serves as a Major with 15 years active duty experience as an infantry officer. His two previous assignments were at the Department of State as a White House fellow working in the Secretary's Iran Action Group on Iran policy and as a special assistant to the chief of staff of the U.S. Army. He has previously deployed five times to Iraq, Afghanistan and West Africa. He lives in Round Rock, Texas with his wife and three children. He enjoys fishing, paddling, running and woodworking.
Dana M. Johnson
Status: PhD Candidate Education: MPAff University of Texas at Austin, BA in Sociology and Social Work University of MinnesotaInterests: Sexual and reproductive health, social policy, fertility, population health
Email: email@example.comWebsite: https://www.dana-johnson.com/
Chair: Dr. Abigail Aiken
Bio: I am PhD candidate in Public Policy and fellow at the University of Texas Population Research Center. My research focuses on changing public policy to make abortion care more accessible, affordable, and acceptable in the United States. I use a mixed-methods approach to analyze in-depth interview data, survey data, and online data on the safety and effectiveness of medication abortion. Prior to graduate school, I was a grassroots organizer for a reproductive rights organization in the upper Midwest. I grew up in Wisconsin, received my BA in Sociology and Social Work from the University of Minnesota, and got my Master‚Äôs in Public Affairs at the University of Texas. My work has appearedin the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Journal of Public Health, Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health, among other places.My research has been supported by the Society of Family Planning‚Äôs Emerging Scholars in Family Planning Research Fund, the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, and the Population Reference Bureau. I am also a researcher for Project SANA, an interdisciplinary research group at the University of Texas. We examine the intricacies of self-managed abortion (SMA), or abortion conducted outside of the formal healthcare setting. Project SANA‚Äôs research has been used as evidence challenging many restrictive abortion policies, including the 8th Amendment to the Irish Constitution, and the U.S. Supreme Court case Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization.
Status: Ph.D. student
Education: Bachelor's, Economics (Hons); Master's, Applied Economics
Interests: Monitoring and evaluation; implementation science; global development; gender; social policy
Bio: Jasleen Kaur is a third-year Ph.D. student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She is a development economist and her research aims to improve the social, economic and political status of women. She is specifically interested in the "implementation science" of policies and programs meant to empower women. Kaur has previously worked with J-PAL South Asia, where she was involved with hands-on monitoring and evaluation of a gender livelihood and training program on women's social and political outcomes. She also worked as a senior researcher at Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University in India, where she worked on evaluating a conditional cash transfer program for first-time pregnant women.
Eun Young Kim
Status: Ph.D. candidate
Education: B.A. in Economics, B.A. in Political Science, Seoul National University; M.P.P., Seoul National University; M.S. in Statistics, University of Texas at Austin
Interests: Global development; political economy of foreign aid; national statistical systems and statistical capacity; program evaluation methods
Bio: Eun Young Kim is from Seoul, South Korea. Her research interests lie at the intersection of global development, statistical systems, and government statistics. Before coming to the LBJ School, she worked as a researcher at the Center for International Development Evaluation at Seoul National University, where she developed her interest in evaluation methods and global development issues while participating in various research projects. Kim holds a MPP as well as bachelor's degrees in economics and in political science (international relations), from Seoul National University.
Status: Ph.D. candidate (4th year)
Education: Mag.(FH) International Business Studies, University of Applied Sciences Kufstein (Austria), Master of Peace Studies, University of Hagen (Germany), Master of International Affairs, Texas A&M University
Interests: Security in Europe, EU foreign and security policy, grand strategy of middle powers and small states, NATO-Russia relations Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair: Prof. Jaganath Sankaran and Prof. emeritus Robert Hutchings
Bio: Marion Foster is a fourth-year doctoral student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Her dissertation research focuses on the role collective interpretations of the past play in shaping security policy institutions and states' behavior in the international system. She is especially interested in security issues on the European continent, including EU foreign and security policy, NATO-Russia relations, and security in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions. Before attending graduate school, Marion worked for more than ten years in civic peace-building and post-conflict stabilization, including five years of field work in the South Caucasus. She is an alumna of the Fulbright foreign students program in the United States and was awarded the P.E.O. International Peace Scholarship in 2020/2021.
Status: PhD student
Education: B.A. International Affairs and Spanish Literature, Skidmore College; M.A. Global Affairs, Yale University
Interests: Migration Policy; Border Policy
Bio: Stephanie Leutert is a PhD student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Director of the Central America and Mexico Policy Initiative at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Her research interests focus on U.S. migration and border policy, Mexican migration policy and the U.S.-Mexico border. Previously, Leutert has worked as a senior advisor for migration policy at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration and as a research associate in the Latin America Studies Program at the Council on Foreign Relations.
Sophie M. Morse
Status: Doctoral Candidate
Education: BA-International Studies, Middlebury College; MPP-Public Public Policy, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Interests: Policy scholar working in public health spaces, interested in improving health services for women, strengthening health systems, and preventing and responding to violence against women.
Committee Chair: Dr. Erin Lentz, Dr. Victoria Rodriguez
Bio: Sophie received her bachelor‚Äôs degree in International Studies from Middlebury College and her master‚Äôs in public policy from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Previously, she served in the Peace Corps in Uganda and was awardeda Fulbright U.S. Student to Colombia to study the response to sexual violence in the health system. As a doctoral candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, Sophie is building in prior research, studying barriers to the implementation of policies that address violence against women in Mexico, specifically focusing on the health system‚Äôs role in providing care. Last year, as a Fulbright DDRA recipient, she conducted 85 interviews in Mexico City with policymaker and providers. Currently, she is a Visiting Fellow at the Center for U.S.-Mexican Studies at UCSD.
In addition to her research, Sophie has also volunteered for over five years accompanying sexual assault survivors at two non-profits and consulted for the Pan American Health Organization. In her free time, she enjoys baking, gardening, and hiking with her dog and partner.
Status: Ph.D. student
Education: B.A., Political Science, Sam Houston State University; Master of Public Administration (MPA), The Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University
Interests: Civil society; public policy; power dynamics
Bio: Joycelyn Ovalle is a doctoral student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Her research interests focus on the intersection between public policy and civil society with a strong orientation toward better understanding philanthropy's increasing role in policymaking. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Ovalle managed projects and conducted research at the Urban Institute's Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy. Before joining Urban, Ovalle also held positions as a graduate research assistant at Texas A&M University and in the public sector at the U.S. Department of Energy. She holds a B.A. in political science from Sam Houston State University and an MPA from Texas A&M University.
Status: PhD student -4th Year
Education: M.A in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from Hans Raj College, Delhi University.
Interests: My PhD dissertation research explores the role of science-policy interfaces and policy communities in climate policy process in Indian cities. Broader research interests include climate change policy, environmental governance, disaster preparedness, and urban development.
Committee Chair: Dr. Catherine Weaver and Dr. Patrick Bixler
Bio: Sandeep Paul is a is a doctoral student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His broader research interests include climate change policy, environmental governance, disaster preparedness, and urban development. His dissertation research explores the role of science-policy interfaces and policy communities in climate policy process in Indian cities. He is also associated with Planet Texas-2050 and Austin Area Sustainability Indicators projects at University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the LBJ School, Paul was a research associate at Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), New Delhi, India. He holds a M.A in Development Studies from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, and a B.A. (Hons.) in Economics from Hans Raj College, Delhi University.
Status: Ph.D. candidate
Education: B.A., political science, Universidad de Costa Rica; M.S., statistics and data science, The University of Texas at Austin (concluded 2019); M.P.P., applied econometrics, University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D., public policy, The University of Texas at Austin (expected 2021)
Interests: Housing, public health, urban and environmental economics, data science, quantitative methods and data-driven policy analysis
Bio: Alfonso Rojas-Alvarez is currently a doctoral candidate (ABD) and researcher in public policy and statistics at The University of Texas at Austin, where he also completed a master's in statistics and data science. Previously, he earned a Master of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, with a concentration in applied econometrics, and has studies in management and leadership at both INCAE and Harvard University. Since 2013, he has worked in housing and urban policy, public health, research design and data science at several research centers at UC Berkeley, Harvard University and UT Austin. Before moving to the United States, Rojas-Alvarez was an adviser to the Minister of the Presidency of Costa Rica, and adviser to the Minister of Tourism. Since 2007, he has been a regular op-ed columnist at Costa Rica's premier newspaper, La Nación, where he writes about evidence-based policies and current events. Finally, he has also worked as an economics and data science consultant in Costa Rica, the U.S. and Mexico, as well as a graduate instructor in microeconomics, international economics and political geography.
Vivek S. Shastry
Status: Ph.D. Candidate
Education: M.S., Community and Regional Planning and M.S., Sustainable Design, University of Texas at Austin, USA; B.Tech Civil Engineering, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, India
Interests: Energy Policy, Environmental Justice, Climate Adaptation, International Development, Data Science and Machine Learning
Committee Chair: Dr. Varun Rai
Bio: Vivek Shastry is an interdisciplinary policy researcher specializing in energy policy and environmental justice. Vivek is passionate about facilitating inclusive rural development through sustainable energy solutions. He is currently a Ph.D. candidate in public policy at the University of Texas at Austin, LBJ School of Public Affairs. Vivek's research till date has contrinuted to the literature on global energy poverty, U.S.energy transition, and the distributional equity of policy choices. His co-authored works have been published in diverse journals including Energy Research & Social Science, PLOS One, Indoor and Build Environment, and Healthcare for Women International. His doctoral work explores the intersection of energy access, primary health care and rural livelihoods. Prior to his doctoral work, he traveled extensively in rural India and worked at both policy level and implementation of decentralized clean energy projects.
Status: PhD Student
Education: B.A. in Business Administration, UNICEN, Argentina; M.A. in Economics, Universidad de San Andres, Argentina
Interests: Development economics; labor economics; social policy evaluation
Bio: Antonia Vazquez's research interests focus on development economics, labor economics, and social policy evaluation in Latin American countries. Before coming to the LBJ School, she was a Fox International Fellow at Yale University. Thereshe studied the effects of military conscription on personality and beliefs in Argentina, as well as the effects of public information disclosure on the performance of public infrastructure projects in Costa Rica. Vazquez holds an M.A. in economics from Universidad de San Andres (Argentina) and a B.A in business administration from UNICEN (Argentina).
Kayee (Jiayi) Zhou
Status: Ph.D. student
Education: B.A., Political Science, Sun Yat-sen University; MPA, M.A. in Political Science, Texas Tech University
Interests: Ethnic politics (particularly Asian American political attitudes and behavior); immigration policy; politics and public policy in China
Bio: Kayee Zhou, from Guangdong, China, is a doctoral student and a research assistant of the Child and Family Research Partnership (CFRP) at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Her current research interests focus on uncovering Asian Americans' political attitudes and behavior by exploring the dynamics of their multiple identities. She is also using R to perform machine learning for text analysis on policy documents to identify the shift of political focus. During her undergraduate study in China, she was actively engaged in starting up two nongovernmental organizations, one centering on local culture and historic preservation and the other one on bridging social work scholars with social work organizations. She holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Sun Yat-sen University, China, a M.A. in public administration and a M.A. in political science from Texas Tech University.
Ryan C. Ashley
Status: PhD Student, Two previous Masters Degrees
Education: B.A. George Washington University (2013), M.S.S. Angelo State University (2016), M.A.Georgetown University (2019)
Interests: International Relations, Security Studies, East Asia, Japan, Southeast Asia
Committee Chair: Dr. Sheena Greitens
Bio: Major Ryan Ashley is an Air Force Intelligence Officer pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He holds a Bachelor‚Äôs degree in Public Policy and History from George Washington University, a Master's in Security Studies from Angelo State University, and a Master's of Arts in Asian Studies from Georgetown University. He has operational experience with special operations and conventional forces across the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He is also currently an Adjunct Lecturer with the Air Force Special Operations School teaching courses on East and Southeast Asian politics, culture, and security. His Ph.D. studies focus on the security relations between Japan and member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Ana P. Canedo
Status: PhD Candidate
Education: BA Economics, ITAM, Mexico City BA Political Science, ITAM, Mexico City MPA, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Interests: international migration, social policy, education policy, and labor economics.
Committee Chair: Paul von Hippel (Co-chair) and Peter M. Ward (Co-Chair)
Bio: Ana Canedo is a Ph.D. Candidate in Public Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She holds an M.P.A. from Cornell University and a bachelor's degree in economics and in political science from ITAM, Mexico. Her main research interests lie in the fields of international migration, social policy, education policy, and labor economics. Before attending the LBJ School, she worked as a research coordinator for the Human Capital Division of the Center of Research for Development AC (CIDAC), an independent, not-for-profit think tank devoted to policy-relevant research for the economic and social development of Mexico.
Status: PhD Student
Education: MPP (Seoul National University), BA in Economics (Seoul National University)
Interests: environmental economics, public economics, nonmarket valuation
Committee Chair: Dr. Sheila Olmstead
Bio: Yoojin Cha is a PhD student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests lie at environmental economics and public economics with a focus on nonmarket valuation. He currently estimates the values of water quality changes by using the tools of applied microeconomics.
Kathryn E. McArdle
Status: PhD Student
Education: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, 2007; Master of Science in Software Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, 2014
Interests: US democracy, access to political power, democratic representation
Email: email@example.comWebsite: https://www.linkedin.com/in/katemcardle/
Bio: Kate McArdle's research focuses on improving equitable access to political power and democratic representation in the United States, with an eye toward alleviating systemic injustices in our democratic institutions. Prior to LBJ, she led data scienceat Blue Squad, where she built software that used national voter records and elections data to empower people to become more civically and politically engaged. Although she has a background in machine learning, she is equally interested in both quantitative and qualitative methods
Status: PhD Student
Education: MPA at Columbia University, Bachelor of Laws at UFMG
Interests: Public Management and Public Administratiton
Bio: Eloy Oliveira is a Ph.D. student at the LBJ School and a Brumley Senior Fellow at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law. His research interests revolve around public administration and public management, especially focused on understanding the drivers that determine government effectiveness. He holds a master‚Äôs degree in Public Administration from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Law degree from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais in Brazil. Before joining the LBJ School, Eloy led Republica.org, a Brazilian think-and-do-tank focused on using data to improve the motivation, responsiveness, and effectiveness of people working in government in Brazil. Since its inception in 2016, Republica.org has led and co-funded over 150 different projects, sparking real change in Brazilian public policy. Prior to Republica.org, Eloy was engaged in public service, working at the Minas Gerais State Government in Brazil, where he led projects related to Public-Private Partnerships. He regularly writes to newspapers in Brazil about best practices in public management and public policies.
Status: Ph.D. Student
Education: B.S. from the United States Military Academy, 2006 and M.A. in National Security Policy from Georgetown University in 2016
Interests: National Security Policy, Military Strategic, Strategic Planning, Security Force Assistance
Bio: Sam is a Ph.D. student at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, serving as a Goodpaster Scholar through the Army's Advanced Strategic Planning and Policy Program. His research focuses on national security issues, including how the United States builds foreign militaries in post-conflict environments. Sam is also an active-duty Army officer, serving most recently with United States Northern Command on the Commander's Initiative's Group and within the Strategy and Policy Directorate. He commissioned in 2006 as an infantry officer and served in a variety of leadership positions in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, and Eastern Europe. He holds a bachelor's degree in American Politics from West Point and a master's degree in National Security Policy from Georgetown University, which he earned as a Downing Scholar with the Combating Terrorism Center.
Rachel L. Reynolds
Status: PhD Candidate
Education: Bachelor of Science in Materials Science & Biochemistry, US Air Force AcademyMaster of Arts in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, the University of Colorado at Boulder Master of Science & Technology Intelligence with a concentration in Cyber Intelligence & Data Analytics, National Intelligence UniversityMaster of Philosophy in Military Strategy, School of Advanced Air and Space Studies
Interests: Military strategy, Civil/military affairs, Organizational culture, Technological innovation
Committee Chair: Dr. Jeremi Suri
Bio: Rachel Reynolds grew up in Houston, Texas. Their research interests include national security policy, military technology, strategy, organizational culture, and ethics. They focus on cultural barriers to organizations' technological adaptation. Specifically, they investigate instances of labor pool expansion‚Äîa phenomenon whereby knowledge monopolies erode, causing diffusion of specialists' power and authority in the US Air Force. An active duty lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force, Rachel has served in tactical communications, cyber, intelligence, nuclear surety, and education & training roles throughout the country and abroad. They hold degrees in materials science, ecology and evolutionary biology, national intelligence, and military strategy. Upon completion of the LBJ PhD program, Rachel will return to an operational leadership position and is projected to become a future faculty member at the Air Force's School of Advanced Air and Space Studies. Rachel lives with their spouse, Mack, in Austin, where they like to hike, camp, cook, attend live theatre, and rockhound.