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Roberto Amaral Santos

Roberto
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graduate student associates
Department of Economics
UC Santa Barbara
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Graduate Student Fellow

I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at UC Santa Barbara. I hold a BA and a MA in Economics from the São Paulo School of Economics - Fundação Getúlio Vargas. I am originally from São Paulo, Brazil. My primary research interests are Environmental Economics, Demographics and Macroeconomics. My current research focuses on the macroeconomic and demographic effects of environmental shocks, in particular volcanic eruptions. Previously to my Ph.D I have worked in the asset management and insurance industries.

Jimena Rico-Straffon

Jimena
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graduate student associates
Department of Economics
UC Santa Barbara
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Graduate Student Fellow

Jimena Rico-Straffon is a Ph.D. student in Economics at UC Santa Barbara. She holds a Master of Public Policy from Duke University and a B.A. in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). Her professional experience includes conducting research on inequality, deforestation, monetary policy, and environmental policy at Mexico's central bank, the World Wildlife Fund US, and Mexico's National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change. Her research interests include natural resource economics, development, gender and racial inequality, and intergenerational social mobility. Her current research focuses on forest policy, as well as on the role of skin color on teenagers’ aspirations and investments in education.

Ruth Morales

Ruth
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graduate student associates
Department of Economics
UC Santa Barbara
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Graduate Student Fellow

Ruth Morales is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Economics at UC Santa Barbara. Before starting at UCSB, she earned both a B.A. and M.A. in economics from San Diego State University. Her primary research interests are in labor economics and public economics. She is especially interested in investigating outcomes related to education, crime, and immigration policies. Her current lines of research focus on the demographic effects of the Bracero Program and on the impact of college-level remedial education reform in the community college system.

 

Adam Burston

Adam Wright
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graduate student associates
Department of Sociology
UC Santa Barbara
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Graduate Student Fellow

Adam Burston is a Ph.D. student in the Sociology Dept. with an emphasis in Information, Technology, and Society. His work lies at the intersection of gender, race, and social movement studies. His dissertation research focuses on the strategies that conservative and right-wing activists employ to form multi-racial coalitions, mobilize in digital and physical spaces, and enact social change. He is also assisting Drs. Sarah Thébaud and Brenda Major on research that addresses the impact of normative gender stereotypes in America. Before Adam came to UCSB he was a research associate with Carnegie Mellon’s Dept. of Engineering and Public Policy and a volunteer crisis counselor with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape (PAAR).

Micah Villarreal

Micah Villarreal
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graduate student associates
Department of Economics
UC Santa Barbara
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Graduate Student Fellow

I am a PhD student in the Department of Economics at UCSB and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Before coming to Santa Barbara, I earned a B.A. in International Relations with a concentration in Economics from Wellesley College, and did research on labor, housing and education at Abt Associates. My current research interests include labor, social policy, and increasingly, economic history, along with applied econometrics. I am working on a  project concerning interracial interactions during the Jim Crow era of the American South.

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