Ph.D. Job Market Candidates

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Gulrez Shah Azhar

Gulrez Shah Azhar

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An MPH and Community Medicine physician, Gulrez has an interdisciplinary skill-set. He has explored issues of environmental health and climate change in developing countries. He has interned with World Health Organization and is an Aspen Institute fellow. Besides several research papers his opinion articles have been published across various platforms.

Dissertation Topic

Indian Summer: Three Essays on Heatwave Vulnerability, Estimation and Adaptation

Faculty Advisors

Gery Ryan (chair); Raffaele Vardavas; Jaime Madrigano

Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez

Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez

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Carlos Ignacio's research focuses on the intersection of technology and policy. At RAND, he has worked on projects related to autonomous vehicles, the sharing economy, and studied the effect of HIV monitoring technology on medication adherence. Prior to RAND, he worked as a project manager where he designed, evaluated and assisted in the implementation of federal policies dealing with high added-value private sector development. He has lived in nine countries and is fluent in Spanish.

Dissertation Topic

Artificial Intelligence and Public Policy: A Systematic Review

Faculty Advisors

Dave Baiocchi (chair); Nidhi Kalra; William Welser; John Seely Brown

Jakub Hlavka

Jakub P. Hlávka

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Jakub conducts research in health economics and technology policy. His dissertation studies novel outcome-based payment models for high-cost therapies, including gene therapy and specialty biologics. His project work addresses health care payment and reform, innovation and technology policy, advanced materials, international security and public-private partnerships.

Dissertation Topic

The Economics of a Cure: Assessing Innovative Payment Models for Breakthrough Pharmaceuticals

Faculty Advisors

Soeren Mattke (chair); Sarah Nowak; Dana Goldman

Ashley Muchow

Ashley Muchow

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Ashley’s research centers on public policy that affects low-income and vulnerable populations, with a focus on the nexus of immigration policy, criminal justice, and racial/ethnic inequality. Her dissertation builds on theories of social stratification and neighborhood effects to examine how modern immigration policy affects the outcomes of undocumented immigrants and immigrant communities.

Dissertation Topic

Enforced exclusion: Three essays on the social and economic consequences of modern immigration policy

Faculty Advisors

Lynn Karoly (chair); Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes; Robert Bozick

Jakub Hlavka

Adeyemi Okunogbe

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Adeyemi Okunogbe’s research focuses on health economics and financing in Sub-Saharan Africa. His dissertation studies the impact of health insurance in Nigeria, examines sub-optimal health insurance enrolment and assesses the performance of national health financing systems. Other research areas include result-based financing, health provider behavior and global public health preparedness.

Dissertation Topic

Essays on Health Financing in Sub-Saharan Africa

Faculty Advisors

Peter Hussey (chair); Edward Okeke; Diana Bowser

Julia Pollak

Julia Pollak

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Julia conducts research on labor and behavioral economics, market design, and governance. Her dissertation studies variation in voter turnout across different population groups and explores the effects of politics, state policies, and poverty. Her RAND project work primarily addresses military manpower issues, defense acquisition policy, and military intelligence.

Dissertation Topic

Turnout Inequality: The Role of Politics, Policies, and Poverty

Faculty Advisors

Michael Rich (chair); Katherine Grace Carman; Jennifer Kavanagh

Gabriel Weinberger

Gabriel Weinberger

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Gabriel is studying the implementation, at the local level, of various major changes to California's criminal justice system in how it deals with drug use. These changes include liberalization of marijuana policies, Public Safety Realignment, and Proposition 47. He is interested in how the criminal justice system affects disadvantaged populations.

Dissertation Topic

3 Essays on California's Changes to How Its Criminal Justice System Addresses Drug Use

Faculty Advisors

Rosalie Pacula (chair); Priscillia Hunt; Sarah Hunter