The Graduate Field of PAM consists of more than 40 faculty members trained in economics, sociology, and other policy-relevant disciplines. Field members are unified by their use of cutting-edge data and empirical approaches to study the compelling policy issues of our time.

Faculty in the Graduate Field of PAM have distinctive research strengths in the areas of social, economic, and health policy. Faculty specialize in topics such as health and health care, education, consumer protection, regulation, demography, labor and employment, criminal justice, environment, and social policy. Our faculty also have distinctive methodological specialization in applied econometrics, demographic techniques, and mixed methods. 

PAM Graduate Field Faculty

Steven Alvarado
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Assistant Professor
Sociology

Steven Alvarado race and ethnicity, education, neighborhoods, health, immigration
Rosemary Avery
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Professor
Rosemary Avery adolescents, at-risk children or youth, foster care, child welfare, consumer behavior, pharmaceutical advertising, regulation
Kendra Bischoff
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Assistant Professor
Sociology
Kendra Bischoff segregation, education, income inequality
Francine Blau
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Professor
ILR
Francine Blau labor policy, gender, immigration
Sahara Byrne
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Associate Professor
Communication
Sarah Byrne media effects, youth and media, health communication
Colleen Carey
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Assistant Professor
PAM
Colleen Carey industrial organization of health care, health economics
John Cawley
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Professor & Director Institute on Health Economics,
PAM
John Cawley economics, health economics, health policy, public policy, obesity
Benjamin Cornwell
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Associate Professor
Sociology
Ben Cornwell social networks, health, social stratification 
Erin York Cornwell
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Associate Professor
Sociology
Erin Cornwell neighborhoods, law, health, aging, social networks
Rachel Dunifon
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Professor & Interim Dean
PAM, CHE
Rachel Dunifon child and family policy, social policy, maternal employment, welfare reform, grandparents, children's living arrangements
Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue
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Professor; Department Chair; Associate Director, Cornell Population Center
Development Sociology
Parfait Eloundou-Enyegue global inequality, food security, youth employment, sustainable development
Maria Fitzpatrick
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Associate Professor
PAM
Maria Fitzpatrick public economics, labor economics, child education
Filiz Garip
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Professor
Sociology
Filiz Garip migration, economic sociology, inequality
Richard Geddes
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Professor & Director CPIP
PAM
Rick Geddes infrastructure investment, public-private partnerships, transportation policy, postal service, corporate governance, women's property rights
Anna Haskins
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Assistant Professor
Sociology
Anna Haskins criminal justice, education, race and ethnicity
David Just
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Professor
Dyson
David Just applied economics and policy, food and agricultural economics
Don Kenkel
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Professor & Co-Director, Institute on Health Economics
PAM
Don Kenkel health economics, public health, tobacco control, cost-benefit analysis
Hyuncheol Bryant Kim
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Assistant Professor
PAM
Bryant Kim health, development, education, and public economics
Pauline Leung
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Assistant Professor
PAM
Pauline Leung public economics, labor economics, public policy
Daniel Lichter
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Professor 
Dan Lichter demography, population studies, poverty, children, population, race and ethnicity, family, inequality, immigration, Hispanics, cohabitation, marriage, Hispanic fertility, new destinations, migration
Michael Lovenheim
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Professor, Department Chair
Economics
Michael Lovenheim economics of education, local taxation and regulation, cigarette and alcohol taxes and regulation on health outcomes
Vida Maralani
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Associate Professor
Sociology
Vida Maralani social inequality, demography, social stratification
Alan Mathios
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Professor
PAM
Alan Mathios advertising, food and drug administration, federal trade commission, health outcomes, health disparities, cigarettes, tobacco, pharmaceuticals, direct-to-consumer advertising, cigarette taxes
Douglas Miller
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Professor, Associate Chair,
PAM
Doug Miller public economics, labor economics, applied microeconometrics, economic environment and health outcomes
Kelly Musick
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Chair, Professor, PAM and Director
CPC
Kelly Musick family demography, marriage, fertility, social class, inequality
Sean Nicholson
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Professor, Director
PAM, Sloan
Sean Nicholson health economics, pharmaceuticals, physicians
Jeff Niederdeppe
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Associate Professor
Communication
Jeff Niederdeppe communication, public health, health policy, health disparities
Eleonora Patacchini
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Professor
Economics
Eleonora Patacchini urban economics, labor economics, law and economics, political economy, policy evaluation, public policy
Zhuan Pei
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Assistant Professor
PAM
Zhuan Pei labor economics, applied econometrics, public policy
Karl Pillemer
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Professor, Senior Associate Dean for Research and Outreach,
Human Development
Karl Pillemer gerontology, life course studies, sociology of the family, long-term care, public policy, translational research
Adriana Reyes
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Assistant Professor
PAM
Adriana Reyes family demography, health disparities
Evan Riehl
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Assistant Professor
Economics
Evan Riehl labor economics, development economics, education
Peter Rich
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Assistant Professor
PAM
Peter Rich

 segregation, education, inequality, demography

Mallika Thomas
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Assistant Professor
Economics
Mallika Thomas labor economics, economics of the family
David Sahn
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Professor
Nutritional Sciences
David Sahn health economics, nutrition and poverty
Nicholas Sanders
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Assistant Professor
PAM
Nick Sanders environmental economics, health economics, labor economics, environmental policy
Sharon Sassler
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Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies,
PAM
Sharon Sassler family, adolescents, gender issues, marriage, cohabitation, immigrants, relationships, young adult transitions
Laura Tach
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Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies,
PAM
Laura Tach poverty & public policy; family demography; neighborhood inequality & housing
Sharon Tennyson
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Professor
PAM
Sharon Tennyson consumer policy, government regulation, insurance, financial services, law and economics
William Trochim
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Professor & Director
PAM, CORE
William Trochim evaluation, evaluation research, evaluation systems, systems evaluation, translational science, educational evaluation, educational assessment, educational improvement, concept mapping, translational research
Maureen Waller
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Associate Professor
PAM
Maureen Waller poverty, family, social policy
Kim Weeden
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Professor
Sociology
Kim Weeden education, income inequality, gender inequality in labor markets, social class
Christopher Wildeman
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Professor & Director
PAM, BCTR
Chris Wildeman child welfare, mass imprisonment, health
Cristobal Young
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Associate Professor
SOC
Cristobol Young tax policy, economics sociology, big data, quantitative methods
Nicholas Ziebarth
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Associate Professor
Nicolas Ziebarth health economics, labor economics, applied microeconomics