Announcing the 2022 Stone PhD Scholars

August 31, 2022

The Stone Program in Wealth Distribution, Inequality, and Social Policy has awarded ten fellowships to a new cohort of Stone PhD Scholars conducting research on inequality across disciplines at Harvard.

Victoria Angelova (Economics) is interested in the relationship between access to education and income inequality.

David Arbelaez (Sociology & Social Policy) studies inequality, intergenerational mobility, organizations, and higher education.

Ashutosh Bhuradia (Education) is a PhD student in the Education Policy and Program Evaluation Concentration at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, where he is a recipient of the Presidential Fellowship. His research is rooted in designing and evaluating policies that help reduce caste and income-based inequalities among youth in India and other developing countries. Before Harvard, he worked at the Freeman Spogli Institute (FSI) at Stanford University where he managed large-scale education assessment programs and field experiments. He has a BE in electrical engineering from India, an MA in Creative Writing from SF State University and an MA in International and Comparative Education from Stanford.

Marta Dormal (Education) is an Applied Economist with training in Human Development and Psychology. She is currently a PhD Student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Marta’s research focuses on Early Childhood Development (ECD) issues in low- and middle- income countries, in particular on measuring and improving the quality of ECD programs. Her research uses mostly econometric and psychometric methods. Before joining Harvard, Marta was a researcher on ECD at the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington D.C. In that capacity, she provided technical assistance to governments in Latin America on the design, implementation, and impact evaluation of their ECD interventions. She also conducted impact evaluations with J-PAL/IPA in Uganda and worked as an Economist for the Ministry of Finance of Djibouti through the UK Department for International Development (ODI Fellowship Scheme). She holds a master’s in Economics from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom, and an Ed.M in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University.

Grace Finley (Public Policy) studies development economics and industrial organization with a focus on the role of firms in developing economies.

Avinash Moorthy (Public Policy) is a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and a pre-doctoral fellow in the Harvard Environmental Economics Program. He is interested in how barriers to information impact inequality and social cohesion. He additionally hopes to study how major life events shape career choice, and mental health in schools. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Avi was a research assistant on the microeconomic studies team at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and graduated from Carleton College with a BA in Economics.

Charlotte O’Herron (Sociology & Social Policy) is a Doctoral Student in Sociology & Social Policy. Her research interests include gender and racial inequalities in work, occupations, and wealth. Before starting her Ph.D., Charlotte received a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. She received her B.A. from Middlebury College.

Lucy Song (Government) is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government specializing in International Relations.

Sebastian Spitz (Sociology) studies crime and punishment, law, and racial inequality.

Ben TerMaat (Government & Social Policy) seeks to explain the connection between rising economic and geographic inequality.