Ph.D. students and recent graduates on the job market

Our Ph.D. students in public policy and our recent graduates work closely with LBJ School faculty, as well as with research centers both at the school and across The University of Texas as a whole, focusing on areas ranging from international security and politics to social policy, health policy, nonprofit management and policy analysis. They embody the school's legacy of bold action and its mission of fostering thinkers and doers who impact the policy arena.

Ph.D. candidate Francisca Bogolasky

Francisca Bogolasky

Area: Housing policy; residential mobility; education policy
Degrees/educational info: B.A., sociology, Universidad Católica de Chile; Master of Public Administration (MPA) Columbia University, New York
Curriculum vitae
Dissertation: Why Do We Care About Residential Mobility? Exploring the Consequences of Moving for Households, Students and Neighborhoods in Chile
Job market paper: Does Residential Mobility Affect Educational Outcomes? Evidence from Chile 

Ph.D. candidate Selena Caldera

Selena Caldera

Area: Health care; aging; social policy
Degrees/educational info: B.A. Government, The University of Texas at Austin; MPP, Georgetown University
Working paper: Family, Income, and Medicaid Policy: Modeling Long-Term Care Decisions
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Ph.D. candidate Maria-Elena Giner, P.E.

Maria-Elena Giner, P.E.

Area: Environmental policy; natural resource management; municipal infrastructure; renewable energy; project development, implementation and results measurement
Degrees/educational info: B.S., Civil Engineering, Loyola Marymount University; MBA, University of Texas at El Paso
Dissertation: Did we make a difference? Assessing the Impact of Water and Wastewater Infrastructure on the Texas Colonias
Job market paper: Implementing Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in underserved communities in Texas along the U.S./Mexico Border: What did we learn?
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Ph.D. candidate Ashlyn W. Hand

Ashlyn W. Hand

Area: U.S. foreign policy; religion and politics; human rights; national security
Degrees/educational info: Predoctoral Fellow, Kissinger Center, Johns Hopkins SAIS; Master of Public Affairs, LBJ School, The University of Texas at Austin
Curriculum vitae
Dissertation: Prioritizing Faith: U.S. Foreign Policy and the International Religious Freedom Act (1993–2016) 

Ph.D. candidate Mark Clayton Hand

Mark Clayton Hand

Area: Teams and Organizations, Congressional Campaigns, Public Policy Process, Political Entrepreneurship, Political Networks, Rural Development and Entrepreneurship
Degrees/educational info: B.A., political economy and religious studies, Vanderbilt University; MBA, entrepreneurship, University of Oxford, New College
Curriculum vitae
Dissertation: You Can't Whistle a Symphony: Essays on Staff in Campaigns and Congress
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Ph.D. candidate Alfonso Rojas-Alvarez

Alfonso Rojas-Alvarez

Area: Housing, public health, urban and environmental economics, data science, quantitative methods and data-driven policy analysis
Degrees/educational info: Ph.D. in public policy, The University of Texas at Austin (expected 2021); M.S., statistics and data science, The University of Texas at Austin (concluded 2019); M.P.P., applied econometrics, University of California, Berkeley; B.A., political science, Universidad de Costa Rica
Curriculum vitae
Dissertation: Essays on Salient Topics of Housing Policy in Latin America
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Ph.D. candidate Jiameng Zheng

Jiameng Zheng

Area: Environmental economics
Degrees/educational info: Ph.D. candidate, LBJ School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin; Master in Public Administration, The University of Maryland, College Park; and Bachelor of Economics, Wuhan University, China
Curriculum vitae
Dissertation: The Economics of Water Pollution Control
Job market paper: Lead Exposure, Human Capital Formation, and Inequality: The Impacts of Drinking Water Lead on Short-Run and Long-Run Educational Outcomes in Texas
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