Hanley Chiang

Hanley Chiang

PhD in Economics, 2008.
Associate Director of Human Services Research, Mathematica Policy Research.
Elisabeth Jacobs

Elisabeth Jacobs

PhD in Sociology, 2008.
Senior Fellow, Urban Institute

Elisabeth Jacobs is a senior fellow focusing on issues related to family economic security and economic mobility. Elisabeth is a nationally recognized expert on family income and earnings instability, low-wage employment and job quality, intergenerational mobility and opportunity, as well as a wide range of related policies including social insurance, labor market regulations, and safety net policies.

Founding Senior Director, Washington Center for Equitable Growth, 2014-2019.
Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institution, 2011-2014.
Senior Policy Analyst, US Congress Joint Economic Committee, 2009-2011.
American Sociological Association Congressional Fellow, 2008-2009.

Elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance, 2019.

Who Cares?Who Cares? Public Ambivalence and Government Activism from the New Deal to the Second Gilded Age, by Katherine S. Newman and Elisabeth S. Jacobs, has been published by Princeton University Press (2010).

Jason Lakin

Jason Lakin

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2008.
Head of Research, International Budget Partnership.

Jason Lakin joined IBP in May 2009 as a Program Officer covering Ghana and East Africa, and then worked as IBP’s Kenya Country Coordinator through 2013, where he set up IBP Kenya (based in Nairobi) as a locally registered entity.  Prior to taking on his current role, Jason was the Country Manager for IBP Kenya from 2014-2017.

He is the co-author, with Seymour Martin Lipset, of The Democratic Century (2004).

Ryan T. Moore

Ryan T Moore

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2008
Associate Professor of Government, American University
Senior Social Scientist, The Lab @ DC

Fellow in Methods. Office of Evaluation Sciences, US GSA

Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of California, Berkeley, 2010-2012.

Francis X. Shen

Francis X. Shen

JD and PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2006 and 2008.
Associate Professor of Law and McKnight Presidential Fellow, University of Minnesota.
Executive Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Law, Brain, and Behavior.

Francis X. Shen directs the Shen Neurolaw Lab at the University of Minnesota: "Every story is a brain story, and we focus our attention on the ways in which law and public policy can be improved through integration of brain science." He also serves as Executive Director of Education and Outreach activities for the MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Law and Neuroscience.

Law and Neuroscience, by Francis SchenFrancis X. Shen's latest book (with Owen D. Jones and Jeffrey D. Schall), is Law and Neuroscience, the first coursebook to cover the newly emerging field that explores both the promise within and the limitations of the intersection of these two disciplines. Wolters Kluwer (2014).

The Casualty GapFrancis X. Shen is co-author (with Douglas L. Kriner) of The Casualty Gap: The Causes and Consequences of American Wartime Inequalities, Oxford University Press (2010).

The Education Mayor, by Francis X. ShenFrancis X. Shen's first book (with Kenneth K. Wong, Dorothea Anagnostopoulos, and Stacey Rutledge), The Education Mayor: Improving America's Schools, has been published  by Georgetown University Press (2007).


Zoua Vang

Zoua M. Vang

PhD in Sociology, 2008.
Associate Professor of Sociology, McGill University.
Founding Director, Indigenous Maternal Infant Health & Well-being Lab, McGill University.

National Science Foundation Minority Postdoctoral Fellowship Postdoctoral Fellow, Population Studies Center, University of Pennsylvania, 2008-2010.

William Dawson Scholar Award, McGill University, 2020. The William Dawson Scholar Award "recognizes an emerging scholar developing into an outstanding and original researcher of world-class caliber who is poised to become a leader in his or her field."