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Chris Adolph
Associate professor, Department of Political Science
Web: https://www.polisci.washington.edu/people/christopher-adolph
Expertise: Adolph studies comparative political economy, public policy and administration. He is the author of the book “Bankers, Bureaucrats, and Central Bank Politics: The Myth of Neutrality” (2013).

Scott W. Allard
Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Office: 206-221-4872
Email: sallard@uw.edu
Web: https://evans.uw.edu/profile/allard
Expertise: A scholar of social policy in the U.S., Allard specializes in topics of poverty and inequality, safety net policy and urban policy. He is author of the 2009 book “Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State,” and the 2017 book “Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty.

Gunnar Almgren
Associate professor, School of Social Work
Office: 206-685-4077
E-mail: mukboy@uw.edu
Web: https://socialwork.uw.edu/faculty/professors/gunnar-almgren
Expertise: social welfare and health care policy; government health care systems; disparities in health and health care; poverty and inequality.

Phil Brock
Associate professor, Department of Economics
Office: 206-543-5955
Email: plbrock@uw.edu
Web: https://econ.washington.edu/people/philip-brock
Expertise: Brock studies development economics, financial economics, international finance and macroeconomics.

James Caporaso
Professor, Department of Political Science
Office: 206-543-2398
Email: caporaso@uw.edu
Web: https://www.polisci.washington.edu/people/james-caporaso
Expertise:  Caporaso studies international political economy. He is the co-author the book “Theories of Political Economy” (1992).

Rachel Fyall
Assistant professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Email: fyall@uw.edu
Office: 206 616-7677
Web: https://evans.uw.edu/profile/fyall
Expertise: Fyall studies the involvement of nonprofit organizations in advocacy, policy, and the delivery of public services, particularly within the context of housing and homelessness.

Fabio Ghironi
Professor, Department of Economics
Office: 206-553-5795
Email: ghiro@uw.edu
Web: https://econ.washington.edu/people/fabio-ghironi
Expertise: Ghironi studies international macroeconomics, macroeconomics and monetary economies.

Crystal C. Hall
Associate professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Office: 206-221-5237
Email: hallcc@uw.edu
Web: https://evans.uw.edu/profile/hall
Expertise: Hall studies judgment and decision making, poverty and social welfare policy, and psychology and behavioral economics.

Robert Halvorsen
Professor, Department of Economics

Office: 206-543-5546
Email: halvor@uw.edu
Web: https://econ.washington.edu/people/robert-halvorsen
Expertise: Halvorsen studies environmental economics, applied microeconomics and resource economics.

Alexes Harris
Professor, Department of Sociology
Office: 206-685-4763
E-mail: yharris@uw.edu
Web: https://soc.washington.edu/people/alexes-harris
Expertise: Harris studies racial and ethnic disparities in experiences with educational, economic, and juvenile and criminal justice institutions; the impact of monetary sanctions, such as fines and fees, on the poor.

Rachel Heath
Assistant professor, Department of Economics
Office: 206-543-5796
Email: rmheath@uw.edu
Web: https://econ.washington.edu/people/rachel-heath
Expertise: Heath studies development economics, with a particular focus on gender and labor markets.

Heather D. Hill
Associate professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Office: 206-685-8041
Web: https://evans.uw.edu/profile/hill
Expertise: Hill studies the effects of poverty and low-wage work on families and children. She is a member of the Seattle Minimum Wage Study Team.

Marieka Klawitter
Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Office: 206-616-1673
Web: https://evans.uw.edu/profile/klawitter
Expertise: Klawitter studies family and employment policy, gender, policy analysis, sexual orientation policy and savings and asset-building for low-income families.

Mark C. Long
Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance; adjunct professor of economics
Office: 206-543-3787
Web: https://evans.uw.edu/profile/long
Expertise:  Long studies policies that affect transitions from high school to college to the labor market. He is a member of the Seattle Minimum Wage Study Team.

Justin Marlowe
Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Office: 206-221-4161
Email: jmarlowe@uw.edu
Web: http://evans.uw.edu/profile/marlowe
Expertise: Marlowe studies public financial management, state and local fiscal policy, government accountability and public-private partnerships.

Michael McCann
Professor and chair, Department of Political Science
Office: 206-543-2780
Email: mwmccann@uw.edu
Web: https://www.polisci.washington.edu/people/michael-w-mccann
Expertise: McCann studies the politics of low-wage workers, minority race workers, gender and work, market segmentation and labor unions, economic and wage inequity.

Victor Menaldo
Associate professor, Department of Political Science
Office: 206-543-2769
Email: vmenaldo@uw.edu
Web: https://www.polisci.washington.edu/people/victor-menaldo
Expertise: Menaldo studies the political economy of natural resources and property rights — including intellectual property rights — and regime change. He is the author of “The Institutions Curse” (2016).

Dennis O’Dea
Lecturer, Department of Economics
Email: odea@uw.edu
Web: https://econ.washington.edu/people/dennis-odea
Expertise: O’Dea studies public economies, social networks and applied macroeconomics.

Robert Plotnick
Professor emeritus, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Office: 206-685-2055
Email: plotnick@uw.edu
Web: https://evans.uw.edu/profile/plotnick
Expertise: Plotnick studies American poverty, income inequality, income support policy and social policy issues. He is a member of the Seattle Minimum Wage Study Team.

Jennifer Romich
Associate professor, School of Social Work; director, West Coast Poverty Center
Office: 206-616-6121
E-mail: romich@uw.edu
Web: http://depts.washington.edu/wcpc/
Expertise: taxes; social-welfare programs; how low-income families budget and meet basic needs; financial services for low-income households.

Elaina Rose

Associate professor, Department of Economics
Office: 206-543-5237
Email: erose@uw.edu
Web: https://econ.washington.edu/people/elaina-rose
Expertise: Rose studies labor economics, development economics and applied microeconomics.

Judith Thornton
Professor, Department of Economics
Office: 206-543-5784
Email: thornj@uw.edu
Web: https://econ.washington.edu/people/judith-thornton
Expertise: Thornton studies development economics and political economy.

Stephen Turnovsky
Professor, Department of Economics
Office: 206-685-8028
Email: sturn@uw.edu
Web: https://econ.washington.edu/people/stephen-turnovsky
Expertise: Turnovsky studies economic growth, macroeconomics and international macroeconomics and public economies.

Jacob Vigdor
Professor, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance
Office: 206-616-44436
Email: jvigdor@uw.edu
Web: https://evans.uw.edu/profile/vigdor
Expertise: Vigdor studies Education, immigration and ethnicity, political economy, race and inequality. He is a member of the Seattle Minimum Wage Study Team.