Melissa S. Kearney
Director, Aspen Economic Strategy Group
Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics, University of Maryland
MELISSA S. KEARNEY is the Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. She is also director of the Aspen Economic Strategy Group; a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research; and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. Kearney’s scholarly research focuses on poverty, inequality, and social policy in the United States. Her work is published is leading academic journals and is frequently cited in the press. She is a senior editor of the Future of Children, an editorial board member of the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, Journal of Economic Literature, and Demography, and she was previously co-editor of the Journal of Human Resources. She serves on advisory boards for the Notre Dame Wilson-Sheehan Lab for Economic Opportunities and the Smith Richardson Foundation. Kearney previously served as Director of the Hamilton Project at Brookings and as co-chair of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology J-PAL State and Local Innovation Initiative. Kearney teaches Public Economics at both the undergraduate and Ph.D. level at the University of Maryland. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Princeton University and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.