Dr. Anup Malani is an economist who holds professorships at the University of Chicago’s law school and medical school. He also holds research positions at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics at the University of Southern California and the National Bureau of Economic Research.
Malani’s expertise spans a variety of health, economic and legal issues. His health economics research focuses on health care, epidemics, medical development and innovation, placebo effects and American health insurance. He works on COVID-19 research in India and countries in Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, determining the extent of underreported cases in the general population as well as providing policy guidance to governments on vaccination. Malani’s development economics research has concentrated on policy to improve slums globally.
He also conducts research on law and economics, including work on the legal implications of blockchain and cryptocurrency. You can see all of his research publications on his university page.
Dr. Jayce Farmer is an assistant professor in the School of Public Policy and Leadership at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He’s an expert in public finance and state and local government administration and can provide insight on how the coronavirus has devastated state and local government budgets.
Farmer has more than a decade of experience in public fiscal administration — before joining UNLV, he worked as a policy and budget analyst for local governments in Florida. There, he coordinated and managed the capital budget process for municipalities and oversaw the implementation of several large municipal government funds.
He has also advised appointed and elected local officials and, in 2016, conducted several citizen satisfaction surveys for municipalities in Central Texas.
Farmer’s research into local government policy and fiscal issues has been published in The American Review of Public Administration, Public Budgeting and Finance, Urban Affairs Review, Public Performance & Management Review, and Publius: The Journal of Federalism.
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Expertise Field: Public finance, state and local governance, public policy, urban affairs
Shalanda Baker is a Professor of Law, Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University. She is an expert on energy and environmental policy.
Baker also found the Energy Justice Program at the William S. Richardson School of Law of the University of Hawai’i. She is also a Fulbright scholar and completed a William H. Hastie Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Law School.
Prior to teaching, she worked as a corporate and project finance associate for the law firm Bingham McCutchen.
Areas of Expertise: Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, Sustainable Development
Tracey Ross is the Associate Director of the All-In Cities Initiative at PolicyLink, an initiative that helps cities across the country adopt policies and practices to promote equitable growth. She also serves as a delegate to the U.S.-Japan Leadership program, which fosters connections between leaders in both countries. Ross began her career as a Senate staffer, and has also been a Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for American Progress, where she focused on urban poverty and environmental justice. She has written for the New York Times and the Washington Post, and been featured on MSNBC and Al Jazeera English.
Areas of Expertise: Public policy involving growth, economic progress, racial economic inclusion, U.S.-Japanese relations
Ninez A. Ponce is a professor at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and was Associate Director of UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center (2011-2013). She studies immigrant and global health, social penalties on health and access to health care, and health disparities among different populations in the U.S. Ponce has led pioneering efforts in multicultural survey research, improving how health surveys account for measures of racial/ethnic identity, acculturation, generational status, and discrimination. Ponce is the principal investigator of the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the largest state health survey in the United States, where she led the first CHIS efforts on the measurement of race/ethnicity, physician-patient communication and discrimination. Her research has focused on understanding the effects of macroeconomic changes on health and health care access in developing countries, and in low-income neighborhoods and racial/ethnic groups in the U.S.
Professor, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health
Areas of Expertise: Health Economics, Health Policy, Multicultural Survey Research,
Community-based Participatory Research, Global Health, Social Determinants of Health and Health Access, Disparities in Health
Chye-Ching Huang is the Deputy Director of Federal Tax Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities where she focuses on the fiscal and economic effects of federal tax policy. Prior to her work at the Center, she served as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland, where she taught graduate and undergraduate tax law and conducted research in tax law and policy.
Chye-Ching previously worked on economic policy issues at the New Zealand Institute, and has also practiced as a tax solicitor.
Deputy Director, Federal Tax Policy at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Areas of Expertise: Federal Budget, Federal Tax, Taxation Law
Update [03/05/2021]: Cecilia Rouse has been confirmed to chair the Council of Economic Advisors.
Cecilia Rouse is an American economist and dean of the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. Joe Biden nominated Rouse to be chair of the Council of Economic Advisers. Previously, she was the dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University. She previously served as a member of President Obama’s three-person Council of Economic Advisers, providing analysis and advice on economic policy issues.
Rouse’s work focuses mostly labor economics, particularly in education. A well-known scholar, she has written numerous papers on topics such as the economic benefits of attending community college, sex discrimination in symphony orchestras and the effect of student-loan debt on career choices of college graduates.
Christopher Smith is the Senior Vice President of Government and Public Affairs at Cheniere Energy.
Smith was a managing partner at Paladin LLC and the Baker Institute Advisory Board Fellow in Energy Studies at Rice University in 2017. He previously served as the assistant secretary for fossil energy at the U.S. Department of Energy. During his time at the DOE, Chris oversaw the department’s fossil energy research and development program (coal, oil and natural gas), the National Energy Technology Laboratory, and the natural gas regulatory process.
He writes about carbon markets and energy transitions and how policy can address concerns of local communities adversely affected by shifts in energy-use patterns.
Senior Vice President, Cheniere Energy
Areas of Expertise: Energy Studies, Fossil Energy, Coal, Natural Gas, Energy Use, Energy Policy
Khalilah Brown-Dean is an Associate Professor of political science at Quinnipiac University. Her research interests include the political dynamics surrounding the criminal justice system, especially as it relates to voting rights policies.
Before coming to Quinnipiac, Brown-Dean was the Peter Strauss Family Assistant Professor of African-American Studies at Yale University. Her political commentary and analysis has been featured in a number of outlets including The New York Times, the American Urban Radio Network and WNPR’s “Where We Live” blog. Brown-Dean’s most recent book, Once Convicted, Forever Doomed: Race Punishment ad Governance explores how humans’ relationship to punishment impairs both the strength and function of American governance.
Associate Professor of political science, Quinnipiac University
Location: Hamden, Connecticut
Areas of Expertise: Criminal justice, voting rights, political dynamics, mass incarceration, public policy
Adolphus Belk Jr. is a professor of political science at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Belk has taught courses on American government, black politics, public policy, and race and ethnic politics in the United States.
Belk Jr.’s research has concentrated on the politics of crime and punishment, and white nationalism in American politics. His research focuses on the prison-industrial complex and the politics of mass incarceration. His work has been published in several journals, including The Journal of Race and Policy, where he also served as a guest editor in a special issue that examined how the 2008 presidential election affected race, racism, and policy in the U.S.
Location: Rock Hill, South Carolina
Areas of Expertise:American Government, Race & Ethnic Politics in the U.S., the Politics of Mass Incarceration, Public Policy