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Arpita Biswas

Arpita Biswas is a Ph.D. student in the Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her thesis research focuses on the causes and consequences of urban renewal measures, with special focus on cities of the global South. At PERI, she is working with Professor James K. Boyce on projects related to the development of environmentally and politically sustainable climate policy strategies.

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Ray Caraher

Ray Caraher is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He is a research assistant for Professor Robert Pollin. He has worked on a number of projects with PERI related to labor unions and similar issues. He is interested in macroeconomics, finance, and international political economy.

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Bridget Diana

Bridget Diana is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At PERI, she is working with Professor Michael Ash on projects related to the political economy of health, education, and the environment. Bridget is interested in the fields of industrial organization and the political economy of health and the environment.

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Emily Diaz-Loar

Emily Diaz-Loar is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At PERI, she works with Robert Pollin, Gregor Semieniuk, and Jeannette Wicks-Lim on projects related to the implementation of a Green New Deal in the U.S. Her research interests are in the fields of political economy of the environment and ecological economics.

 

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Leila Gautham

Leila Gautham is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At PERI, she is working with Professor Nancy Folbre on the care sector and earnings inequality in the U.S. Her research interests include issues of unpaid care, gender pay gaps, and household bargaining power in India.

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Caitlin Kline

Caitlin Kline is a Ph.D. student in the Economics Department at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At PERI, she works with Professor Robert Pollin on issues related to decarbonization and regional transitions. Caitlin's primary areas of interest are in political ecology, the political economy of disasters, and maritime economies.

 


Chirag Lala

Chirag Lala is a Ph.D. student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He works with Professor Robert Pollin, Gregor Semieniuk, and Jeannette Wicks-Lim to prepare "Green Growth Programs" for U.S. states. These reports detail policy frameworks for states to dramatically cut GHG emissions through investment in renewable power generation and energy efficiency measures while also providing a "just transition" support to workers in fossil fuel industries. Chirag's research interests are in finance, economic history, and political economy with particular emphasis on building state capacity for long-term public investment programs. 

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Sophia Normark

Sophia Normark is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. At PERI, she works with Robert Pollin, Shouvik Chakraborty, and Jeannette Wicks-Lim on projects relating to Green New Deal policies in the U.S. She is interested in macroeconomics, political economy, and redistribution.

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Esra Nur Ugurlu

Esra Nur Ugurlu is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. At PERI, she works with Professor Gerald Epstein on the links between financialization and de-industrialization in the swing states in the US. Her general research interests include regional economic development, financialization, and growth and distribution in developing countries.

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