Marianne Page is a Professor of Economics and Director
of the Center for Poverty & Inequality Research at UC
Davis. She has authored numerous scholarly articles
focusing on low-income families. A labor economist, she is
an expert on intergenerational mobility and equality of
opportunity in the United States. She has also published on
issues related to the U.S.
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Jacob Hibel received his degree in Sociology and Demography from
Pennsylvania State University in 2009. His research focuses on
the causes and consequences of childhood educational
inequalities, including those related to poverty, disability,
race/ethnicity, immigrant generation status, and spatial
Professor Beatty is a Professor in the Department of Agricultural
and Resource Economics at the University of California,
Davis. His research relates to the empirical analysis of
consumption behavior, in particular as it relates to health
outcomes. Professor Beatty’s research has tended to focus on food
consumption and the demand for nutrition and health, at both the
household and aggregate levels.
Marianne Bitler is a Professor in the Department of Economics at
the University of California, Davis; a Research Associate at the
National Bureau of Economic Research; and a Research Fellow at
IZA. She received her PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology in 1998. Her research focuses on the effects of the US
social safety net on poverty, income, human capital, and health;
economics of the family; economics of education; and health
Dr. Guyer’s research focuses on the behavioral and neural
mechanisms that may underlie the way that adolescents think and
feel. One overarching question throughout her research is how
does attentional focus modulate the brain circuitry involved in
Erin Hamilton received her degree in Sociology from the
University of Texas, Austin in 2009. Her current research
investigates the social and demographic sources of international
migration from Mexico to the United States.
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Cassandra Hart is associate professor of education policy. She
evaluates the effects of school, state and national education
programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement,
and on the equality of student outcomes. Hart’s recent work
has focused on school choice programs, school accountability
policies, early childhood education policies, and effects on
students of exposure to demographically similar teachers.
She is also interested in the effects of virtual schooling on
student outcomes, both in K-12 and post-secondary settings.
Camelia Hostinar is a developmental psychologist who studies how
the social environment shapes child and adolescent health,
with a focus on the activity of the stress-response and immune
systems. She is probing the pathways linking poverty to
later risk for disease and investigating protective
psychosocial processes such as supportive
relationships that could help reduce this risk.
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Dr. Ko looks at how policy, healthcare, and our social structure
are interconnected, and their impacts on disadvantaged
communities. She has conducted research on a variety of topics,
including the healthcare safety net, Medicaid, long-term care,
access to healthcare for minority populations, diversity in
medical education, and the healthcare workforce.
Michal Kurlaender’s work focuses on education policy and
evaluation, particularly practices that address existing
racial/ethnic and socioeconomic inequality at various stages of
the educational attainment process.
Abramsky is a Lecturer in the University Writing Program at UC
Davis. Much of his work over the past decade has centered on
America’s criminal justice system, and he also writes on
political goings-on and cultural trends.
Dr. Au’s research involves the assessment of dietary intakes and
the food environment for the prevention of obesity in low-income,
racially diverse infants and children. Her focus is on
understanding how to promote healthier eating and prevent obesity
in federal nutrition assistance programs, such as the Special
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
and the National School Lunch Program.
Noli Brazil received his doctorate in Demography from the
University of California Berkeley in 2013, and is an Assistant
Professor in the Department of Human Ecology. His research and
teaching interests focus on the causes and consequences of
neighborhood inequality. Current research projects include
examining the interactions between neighborhoods and schools,
understanding the determinants of residential mobility and
attainment during young adulthood, and Hispanic US internal
Catherine Brinkley is a Professor of Human Ecology and Director
of the Center for Regional Change at UC Davis. With a PhD in city
and regional planning, a veterinary medical degree, and a masters
in virology, her research focuses on health and design; urban
planning; legacies of urban policy with regard to race and
income; and the long-term impacts of food, energy and water
infrastructure siting decisions.
A. Colin Cameron received his degree in Economics from Stanford
University in 1988. His research specialty is econometric theory
for cross-section data, especially count data, and applications
to labor economics and health economics data.
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Dr. Choe received his doctoral degree in Psychology with a
developmental emphasis from the University of Michigan in 2012.
His research examines the development of self-regulation,
executive functions, and conduct problems throughout childhood,
as well as family stressors, such as harsh parenting and maternal
depression, that contribute to the intergenerational transmission
of antisocial behavior, mental illness, and poverty.
Gregory Clark received his degree in Economics from Harvard
University in 1985. His main current research, detailed in his
new book, The Son Also Rises: Surnames and the History of
Social Mobility, uses the information content of surnames to
estimate the rate and nature of inter-generational social
mobility in a variety of societies, including the USA.
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Carolyn Dewa, M.P.H., Ph.D. joined faculty for the UC Davis
Department of Psychiatry in Fall 2015 and is the Director for the
Outcomes and Evaluations Core of the Behavioral Health Center of
Excellence at UC Davis.
Katherine Eriksson is a specialist in applied microeconomics
whose interests encompass economic history, labor economics, and
development economics. She is a member of the UC Davis Graduate
Placement Committee (2015–16). She is a member of the American
Economic Association, the Cliometric Society, and the Economic
Dr. Falbe’s research focuses on studying programmatic, policy,
and environmental interventions to prevent chronic disease and
reduce health disparities. Dr. Falbe led an evaluation of the
nation’s first soda tax in Berkeley, California. Her research has
also examined primary care nutrition and physical activity
interventions for youth, healthy retail programs, and
multi-sector community interventions to prevent obesity. Dr.
Falbe received a dual doctorate in Nutrition and Epidemiology in
2013 from Harvard University.
Robert Faris uses social network analysis to investigate how
health risk behaviors, including bullying, dating violence,
substance use, and delinquency, spread through social ties and
are structured in the social hierarchies of schools.
His recent work shows that adolescents bully their own friends,
as well as schoolmates with whom they share friends, to achieve
higher social status, and examines the moderating role of network
stability in this dynamic.
Ryan Finnigan received his doctorate from Duke University in
2013, and is an Associate Professor in the Sociology Department
at UC Davis. His research focuses on structural changes in
metropolitan housing and labor markets, and their implications
for racial/ethnic inequalities in work and homeownership.
Dr. Kevin Gee is currently an Associate Professor in the School
of Education and a Faculty Research Affiliate with
the Center for Poverty & Inequality Research. He was a
recipient of the 2015 National Academy of Education
(NAEd)/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship, a 2014 Young Scholars
Program (YSP) award from the Foundation for Child
Development (FCD) and a 2015-6 UC Davis Hellman
Gail Goodman received her degree in Developmental Psychology from
UCLA in 1977. Her areas of research expertise include welfare
recipients, foster care, and the intergenerational transmission
of attachment insecurity.
Luis Eduardo Guarnizo is Professor of Sociology and Community and
Regional Development at the Department of Human Ecology,
University of California, Davis. His research examines the
determinants, dynamics, and theoretical and practical effects of
mass human mobility across national borders. His research
specifically focuses on migrants’ mode of socioeconomic
incorporation and political participation, migration and
citizenship, and migration and socioeconomic change and
inequality at the local, national, transnational, and global
Drew Halfmann’s research and teaching focuses on the politics of
health and social policy, with an emphasis on the role of
political institutions. His first book was on the
politics of abortion in the United States, Britain and
Canada. His next book will examine the African-American
struggle for health equality from Reconstruction to Obamacare.
Angela Harris received her degree from the University of Chicago
Law School in 1986. Her research focuses on critical legal
theory, examining how law can reinforce and challenge
subordination on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, class, and
other dimensions of power and identity.
Paul Hastings received his degree from the University of Toronto.
His research focuses on the impact of stressors on child and
adolescent well-being, and the effects of poverty on
physiological reactivity, regulation and development of mental
and physical health problems.
Dr. Hernández’s research program investigates Latino/a/x
children’s emotional, social, and academic development with a
focus on relevant cultural and ethnic-racial processes in the
school context. Dr. Hernández employs various applied
longitudinal measurement and analytical methods to test
individual differences and developmental trajectories from
childhood to adolescence.
Dr. Leah Hibel is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Human Ecology. She received her degree in Biobehavioral Health
from Penn State University in 2009. Dr. Hibel’s research focuses
on maternal and child health particularly in the context of
Dr. Hoch’s experience is in health services research related to
cancer, mental health, and other health issues affecting poor and
vulnerable populations. He is an award winning teacher who has
taught Health Economics and Economic Evaluation classes in the
United States and internationally. Dr Hoch pursues research
making health economics more useful to decision makers.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political
Science at UC Davis. My research focuses on income inequality and
redistributive politics in the United States, the statistics of
causal inference, and survey experimentation. My current
empirical research looks at the political ramifications of
Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) on policy preferences, candidate
support and electoral outcomes.
Rose Kagawa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of
Emergency Medicine. Dr. Kagawa conducts research on violence
prevention and firearm policy and has particular interest in
understanding how social and environmental contexts influence
violence perpetration and victimization through the life course.
Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz is a sociologist and epidemiologist and
Assistant Professor with the Violence Prevention Research Program
in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Her research focuses
broadly on the social and policy determinants, consequences, and
prevention of violence and related health outcomes over the life
course and across generations, with a particular emphasis on
inequities by race-ethnicity and neighborhood context.
Jonathan K. London received his degree in Environmental Science
Policy and Management from UC Berkeley in 2011. His research
addresses conflicts and collaboration in natural resource and
environmental issues, specifically on marginalized rural
communities and environmental justice issues in the Sierra Nevada
and the Central Valley.
Joy Melnikow, MD, MPH is the Director of the Center for
Healthcare Policy and Research and Professor of Family and
Community Medicine at the University of California, Davis. She
serves on the executive committee for the UC Davis Comprehensive
Cancer Center, and is a member of the US Preventive Services Task
Force. She received her MD from UC San Francisco and her MPH in
epidemiology from UC Berkeley.
Mike Palazzolo received his degree in Marketing from the
University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business in 2016. His
research examines various intertemporal trade-offs, ranging from
consumer search to financial decision making.
Caitlin Patler is Associate Professor of Sociology at UC
Davis. Dr. Patler’s research explores citizenship and
legal status as axes of stratification that shape
opportunities for mobility. She is currently conducting
longitudinal mixed-methods research on the impacts of
long-term immigration detention and on the Deferred Action for
Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Dr. Patler received her
Giovanni Peri received his degree in Economics from UC Berkeley
in 1998. His research focuses on the determinants of
international migrations and their impact on labor markets,
productivity, and investments.
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Dr. Elizabeth Prado is an Assistant Professor in the University
of California Davis Department of Nutrition and Institute for
Global Nutrition. She leads the Translational Research in Early
Life Learning for Impact at Scale (TRELLIS) Lab. Like a vine,
children need nurturing care and strong support structures to
ensure their healthy growth and development to their full
potential. Parents and caregivers are like the gardeners that
tend and nurture the vine so that it can grow and flourish.
Lisa Pruitt’s areas of research include legal and policy
implications of income inequality along the rural-urban continuum
and legal aspects of declining mobility, with an emphasis on
diminishing access to higher education.
Richard W. Robins is a Professor in the Department of Psychology
at the University of California, Davis. His research
focuses on risk and resilience processes in Mexican-origin
families, with an emphasis on mental health problems, antisocial
behavior, family stress processes, self-esteem, and personality
development. For the past 10 years, he has served as
Director of the California Families
Project, an ongoing 15-year longitudinal study of 674
Gloria M. Rodriguez (Ph.D., Stanford University) is an Associate
Professor at the University of California, Davis School of
Education. Her research focuses on educational leadership and
resource allocation from a critical, social justice perspective.
She presently serves as the principal investigator for the
Leadership for Real Impact (LRI) Project, which employs a
case-study approach to investigate the intersections of
leadership and resource allocation practices that support the
academic success and well-being of low-income students of color
in K-12 and Community College settings.