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Josh Bivens
Research and Policy Director

David Cooper
Economic Analyst, EPI and the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN)

Daniel Costa
Director of Immigration Law and Policy Research

Christian Dorsey
Director of External and Government Affairs

Ross Eisenbrey
Vice President

Jeff Faux
Founding President and Distinguished Fellow

Emma García
Economist

Elise Gould
Director of Health Policy Research

Thomas Hungerford
Senior Economist and Director of Tax and Budget Policy

Lawrence Mishel
President

Monique Morrissey
Economist

Richard Rothstein
Research Associate

Robert E. Scott
Director of Trade and Manufacturing Policy Research

Isaac Shapiro
Research Associate

Heidi Shierholz
Economist

Joshua Smith
Senior Policy Analyst

Elaine Weiss
National Coordinator, Broader Bolder Approach to Education Campaign

Valerie Wilson
Director, Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy

Josh Bivens

Areas of expertise
Macroeconomics • Globalization • Social insurance • Public investment

Biography
Josh Bivens joined the Economic Policy Institute in 2002. He is the author of Everybody Wins Except for Most of Us: What Economics Teaches About Globalization and has published numerous articles in both academic and popular venues, including USA TodayThe GuardianThe American ProspectChallenge Magazine, and Worth. He is a frequent commentator on economic issues for a variety of media outlets, including NPR, CNN, CNBC, Reuters and the BBC.

Education
Ph.D., Economics, New School for Social Research
B.A., Economics, University of Maryland at College Park


David Cooper

Areas of expertise
Poverty • State labor markets • Economic inequality and social mobility • Minimum wage

Biography
David Cooper joined the Economic Policy Institute in July 2011. He conducts national and state-level research on a variety of issues, including the minimum wage, employment and unemployment, poverty, and wage and income trends. He also coordinates and provides technical support to the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN). David has been interviewed and cited for his research on the minimum wage, poverty, and U.S. economic trends by local and national media, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, U.S. News and World Report, CNBC, and NPR. His graduate research focused on international development policy and intergenerational social mobility.

Education
M.P.P., Georgetown University
B.A., English and Government, Georgetown University


Daniel Costa

Areas of expertise
U.S. immigration law and policy • International labor migration • Humanitarian affairs

Biography
Daniel Costa has been director of immigration law and policy research since 2013, having joined EPI in 2010 as an immigration policy analyst. An attorney, his current areas of research include a wide range of labor migration issues, including the management of temporary foreign worker programs, both high- and less-skilled migration, and immigrant workers’ rights. He has been quoted by a number of news outlets, including the New York TimesWall Street JournalFinancial Times, Associated Press, Reuters, Washington Post, and NPR, and was named one of “20 Immigration Experts to Follow on Twitter” by ABC News and Univision. He previously worked on developing the legal and normative framework for disaster response and humanitarian relief operations with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies in Geneva, Switzerland, and as a policy analyst at the Great Valley Center, a University of California think tank, where he managed an immigrant integration program.

Education
LL.M., International and Comparative Law, Georgetown University Law Center
J.D., International Law, Syracuse University
B.A., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley


Christian Dorsey

Areas of expertise
Community development • Housing • Inequality • Public economics

Biography
Christian Dorsey joined EPI in 2008 as director of external and government affairs. Christian’s work at EPI is to build grassroots awareness of economic policy matters with a goal of educating and mobilizing communities to advocate more effectively on their behalf and to advance EPI’s policy initiatives with federal law and policymakers. Prior to joining EPI, Christian served as chief executive officer for non-profit organizations promoting children’s literacy, prejudice reduction, and affordable housing. His commentaries have appeared in a variety of media including The Washington Post, and he is a frequent voice on television and radio.

Education
B.S., International Relations, Georgetown University School of Foreign Service


Ross Eisenbrey

Areas of expertise
Labor and employment law • Occupational safety and health • Pension policy • Regulatory policy

Biography
Vice president of EPI since 2003, Ross Eisenbrey is a lawyer and former commissioner of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Prior to joining EPI, he worked for many years as a staff attorney and legislative director in the U.S. House of Representatives, and as a committee counsel in the U.S. Senate. He served as policy director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration from 1999 until 2001. He has testified numerous times in the House of Representatives and the Senate, and has written scores of articles, issue briefs, and policy memos on a wide range of labor issues.

Education
J.D., University of Michigan Law School
B.A., Middlebury College


Jeff Faux

Areas of expertise
Political economy • International economics • Macroeconomics • Labor markets • Unions

Biography
Jeff Faux founded the Economic Policy Institute in 1986, and made it into the country’s leading think tank on the political and economic issues that face working Americans. In 2003, he stepped down as EPI’s president, and is now the Institute’s Distinguished Fellow. Faux has studied, taught and published on a wide variety of economic and political issues from the global economy to neighborhood community development, from monetary policy to political strategy. He is the author or co-author of six books, the latest being, The Servant Economy: Where America’s Elite is Sending the Middle Class (Wiley, 2012).

Faux worked as an economist in the Departments of State, Labor and Commerce, a manager in the finance industry, a blueberry farmer, and a member of a municipal planning board in the State of Maine. He’s been an advisor to governments, trade unions, businesses, political campaigns, and community organizations. He’s lectured in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, sits on the boards of several of non-profit institutions and magazines, has written articles for numerous newspapers, magazines and journals, has testified before Congress, and has appeared many times on television and radio.

Education
Queens College, George Washington University, and Harvard University
Honorary Degree, University of New England


Emma García

Areas of expertise
Economics of education • Education policy • Quantitative methods • Program evaluation

Biography
Emma García joined the Economic Policy Institute in 2013. She specializes in the economics of education and education policy. Her areas of research include analysis of the production of education (cognitive and noncognitive skills); returns to education; evaluation of educational interventions (early childhood, K–12, and higher education); educational equity; human development; international comparative education; and cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis in education. Prior to joining EPI, García conducted research for the Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, the Campaign for Educational Equity, the National Center for the Study of Privatization in Education, and the Community College Research Center, all at Teachers College, Columbia University; and consulting work for MDRC, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the National Institute for Early Education Research.

Education
Ph.D., Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
M.A., Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences, Columbia University
B.A., Economics, Pompeu Fabra University


Elise Gould

Areas of expertise
Employer-sponsored health insurance • Health reform • Inequality • Poverty • Economic mobility

Biography
Elise Gould joined EPI in 2003 and is the institute’s director of health policy research. Her research areas include employer-sponsored health insurance, inequality and health, poverty, economic mobility, and the employer tax exclusion. She is a co-author of The State of Working America, 12th Edition. In the past, she has authored a chapter on health in The State of Working America 2008/09; co-authored a book on health insurance coverage in retirement; published in venues such as The Chronicle of Higher EducationChallenge Magazine, and Tax Notes; and written for academic journals including Health Economics, Health Affairs, Journal of Aging and Social Policy, Risk Management & Insurance Review, Environmental Health Perspectives, and International Journal of Health Services. Gould has been quoted by a variety of news sources, including Bloomberg, NPR, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, and her opinions have appeared on the op-ed pages of USA Today and the Detroit News. Additionally, she has testified before the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means, Maryland Senate Finance and House Economic Matters committees, the New York City Council, and the District of Columbia Council.

Education
Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Master of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin
B.A., Sociology, Wesleyan University


Douglas Hall

Areas of expertise
Child poverty • State economic development policy • Tax incidence

Biography
Doug Hall became Director of EPI’s Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) in July 2009, after being an active member of EARN for ten years.  Hall previously served as director of operations and research for the Connecticut EARN partner, Connecticut Voices for Children, where he played a leading role in work related to family economic security and state tax and budget issues.  He is the author or co-author of dozens of reports, including several reports on state-level economic trends, and eight State of Working Connecticut reports.  His work has been extensively cited by statewide media, and he has contributed several op-ed pieces for publication in newspapers such as the Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Hartford Courant and the Kentucky Post. He has also appeared as an expert on public affairs shows on Connecticut television stations such as NBC30, Fox 61, and CPTV, and on KET in Kentucky.  Hall has recently been providing overviews of monthly state employment trends for CBS Radio’s national network of 130 stations.

Education
Ph.D., Political Studies, Queen’s University
M.A., Public Policy and Administration, McMaster University
B.A. (Hon.), Public Policy and Administration, York University


Thomas L. Hungerford

Areas of expertise
Public finance • Social welfare policy • Social insurance • Income inequality

Biography
Thomas Hungerford joined the Economic Policy Institute in 2013. Prior to joining EPI, Hungerford worked at the General Accounting Office, the Office of Management and Budget, the Social Security Administration, and the Congressional Research Service. He has published research articles in journals such as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of International Economics, Journal of Human Resources, Journal of Urban Economics, Review of Income and Wealth, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Challenge, and Tax Notes. He has taught economics at Wayne State University, American University, and Johns Hopkins University.

Education
Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan
M.P.P., University of Michigan


Lawrence Mishel

Areas of expertise
Education • Labor markets • Income distribution and poverty • Industrial relations • Technology and productivity • Wages • Unions and collective bargaining

Biography
Lawrence Mishel, a nationally recognized economist, is president of the Economic Policy Institute, a role he assumed in 2002. Mishel first joined EPI in 1987 as research director. In the more than two decades he has been with EPI, Mishel has helped build it into the nation’s premier research organization focused on U.S. living standards and labor markets.

Mishel has co-authored all 12 editions of The State of Working America, a book that former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich says “remains unrivaled as the most-trusted source for a comprehensive understanding of how working Americans and their families are faring in today’s economy.” The State of Working America has been an invaluable resource in newsrooms, classrooms, and halls of power since 1988.

Mishel’s primary research interests include labor markets and education. He has written extensively on wage and job quality trends in the United States. He co-edited a research volume on emerging labor market institutions for the National Bureau of Economic Research. His 1988 research on manufacturing data led the U.S. Commerce Department to revise the way it measures U.S. manufacturing output. This new measure helped accurately document the long decline in U.S. manufacturing, a trend that is now widely understood.

Mishel leads EPI’s education research program. He has written extensively on charter schools, teacher pay, and high school graduation rates. His research with Joydeep Roy has shown that high school graduation rates are significantly higher than the rates that are often cited by education analysts. This work has enabled policymakers to more accurately assess the state of U.S. public education.

Mishel has testified before Congress on the importance of promoting policies that reduce inequality, generate jobs, improve the lives of American workers and their families, and strengthen the middle class. He also serves frequently as a commentator in print, broadcast, and online media.

Prior to joining EPI, Mishel held a number of research roles, including a fellowship at the U.S. Department of Labor. He also served as a faculty member at Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Mishel also served as an economist for several unions, including the Auto Workers, Steelworkers, AFSCME, and the Industrial Union Department, AFL-CIO. Mishel holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Originally from Philadelphia, he has four children and one grandson and lives with his wife and two dogs in Washington, D.C.

Education
Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin at Madison
M.A., Economics, American University
B.S., Pennsylvania State University


Monique Morrissey

Areas of expertise
Retirement security • Labor markets • Financial markets

Biography
Monique Morrissey joined the Economic Policy Institute in 2006. Her areas of interest include Social Security, pensions and other employee benefits, household savings, tax expenditures, older workers, public employees, unions and collective bargaining, Medicare, institutional investors, corporate governance, executive compensation, financial markets, and the Federal Reserve. She is active in coalition efforts to reform our private retirement system to ensure an adequate, secure, and affordable retirement for all workers. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Prior to joining EPI, Morrissey worked at the AFL-CIO Office of Investment and the Financial Markets Center.

Education
Ph.D., Economics, American University
B.A., Political Science and History, Swarthmore College


Richard Rothstein

Areas of expertise
Education

Biography
Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and senior fellow of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law. He is the author of Grading Education: Getting Accountability Right (Teachers College Press and EPI, 2008) and Class and Schools: Using Social, Economic and Educational Reform to Close the Black-White Achievement Gap (Teachers College Press 2004). He is also the author of The Way We Were? Myths and Realities of America’s Student Achievement (1998). Other recent books include The Charter School Dust-Up: Examining the Evidence on Enrollment and Achievement (co-authored in 2005); and All Else Equal: Are Public and Private Schools Different? (co-authored in 2003). Contact Richard Rothstein at riroth@epi.org.


Robert E. Scott

Areas of expertise
International economics • Trade and manufacturing policies • Global finance • Foreign investment and “insourcing” • Industry studies

Biography
Rob Scott joined the Economic Policy Institute in 1996. His areas of research include international economics, trade and manufacturing policies and their impacts on working people in the United States and other countries, the economic impacts of foreign investment, and the macroeconomic effects of trade and capital flows. He has published widely in academic journals and the popular press, including The Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, The International Review of Applied Economics, and The Stanford Law and Policy Review, as well as The Los Angeles Times, Newsday, USA Today, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Times, and other newspapers. He has also provided economic commentary for a range of electronic media, including NPR, CNN, Bloomberg, and the BBC.

Education
Ph.D., Economics, University of California at Berkeley
B.S., Engineering, Washington University (St. Louis)


Heidi Shierholz

Areas of expertise
Jobs • Unemployment • Labor force participation • Compensation • Inequality • Minimum wage • Unemployment insurance • Young workers

Biography
Heidi Shierholz joined the Economic Policy Institute in 2007. She has researched and spoken widely on the economy and economic policy as it affects middle- and low-income families, especially in regards to employment, unemployment, labor force participation, compensation, income and wealth inequality, young workers, unemployment insurance, and the minimum wage. Shierholz is a coauthor of The State of Working America, 12th Edition; is a frequent contributor to broadcast and radio news outlets, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and NPR; and is regularly quoted in print and online media outlets, including the New York Times, Washington Post, and the Huffington Post.  She has repeatedly been called to testify in Congress on labor market issues. She is a member of the board of directors of the DC Employment Justice Center. Prior to joining EPI, Shierholz worked as an assistant professor of economics at the University of Toronto.

Education
Ph.D., Economics, University of Michigan
M.A., Economics, University of Michigan
M.S., Statistics, Iowa State University
B.A., Mathematics, Grinnell College


Joshua Smith

Areas of expertise
Federal tax and budget policy • Public economics

Biography
Joshua Smith joined the Economic Policy Institute in November 2013. His focus is on federal tax and budget policy. Prior to joining EPI, Josh worked as a budget policy analyst at the New America Foundation. While studying for his master’s in public policy from the University of California at Berkeley, Josh served as an intern for the Office of Management and Budget. His areas of interest include income inequality, public investment, infrastructure, and urban development.

Education
M.P.P., University of California at Berkeley
B.A., Stanford University


Elaine Weiss

Areas of Expertise
Education policy • Early childhood education • Economics of education

Biography
Elaine Weiss has served as the national coordinator for the Broader, Bolder Approach to Education (BBA) since 2011, in which capacity she works with three co-chairs, a high-level task force, and multiple coalition partners to promote a comprehensive, evidence-based set of policies to allow all children to thrive. Major publications for BBA include two 2013 reports, Market-Oriented Education Reforms’ Rhetoric Trumps Reality and Mismatches in Race to the Top Limit Educational Improvement. She has also authored over two dozen blogs for the Huffington Post, the Washington Post Answer Sheet, and other publications, and been interviewed for numerous radio shows. Elaine came to BBA from the Pew Charitable Trusts, where she served as project manager for Pew’s Partnership for America’s Economic Success campaign. In that capacity, she worked with researchers to assemble evidence on the economic benefits of early childhood investments and worked with state partners to engage business leaders to promote effective early childhood programs. Ms. Weiss was a member of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s task force on child abuse, and served as volunteer counsel for clients at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless.

Education
Ph.D., Public Policy, George Washington University
J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Political Science, University of Maryland at College Park
B.S., Biology, University of Maryland at College Park


Valerie Wilson

Biography
Valerie Rawlston Wilson is director of the Economic Policy Institute’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE), a nationally recognized source for expert reports and policy analyses on the economic condition of America’s people of color. Prior to joining EPI, Wilson was an economist and vice president of research at the National Urban League Washington Bureau, where she was responsible for planning and directing the bureau’s research agenda. She has written extensively on various issues impacting economic inequality in the United States—including employment and training, income and wealth disparities, access to higher education, and social insurance—and has also appeared in print, television, and radio media. In 2010, through the State Department’s Bureau of International Information Programs, she was selected to deliver the keynote address at an event on Minority Economic Empowerment at the Nobel Peace Center in Oslo, Norway. In 2011, Wilson served on a National Academies Panel on Measuring and Collecting Pay Information from U.S. Employers by Gender, Race, and National Origin. 

Education
Ph.D., Economics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


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