I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University, and an Affiliate at the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab. I study ways to reduce violence in urban settings and improve the life outcomes of disadvantaged youth and adults.

I received a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan and a B.S. in Statistics and Actuarial Science from New York University.

Curriculum Vitae


"Housing Voucher Take-Up and Labor Market Impacts" (with Eric Chyn and Joshua Hyman), Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 38(1): 65-98. Winter 2019.

"The Impact of Housing Assistance on Child Outcomes: Evidence from a Randomized Housing Lottery" (with Brian A. Jacob and Jens Ludwig), Quarterly Journal of Economics, 130(1): 465-506. February 2015.

Formerly: "Human Capital Effects of Anti-Poverty Programs: Evidence from a Randomized Housing Voucher Lottery," NBER Working Paper 20164. May 2014. (posted 2014).

Working Papers

"Implementation as Intervention: Can Changing Management Practices Strengthen Policing in Chicago?" (with Terrence Neumann and Jens Ludwig)

"The Effect of Police Spending on Crime: Evidence from a Regression Discontinuity Design" (with Philip J. Cook, Jens Ludwig, and Doug Miller)

"The Effect of Medicaid on Children's Educational Attainment: Evidence from Chicago"

In Progress

“Predicting and Preventing Gun Violence: An Experimental Evaluation of READI Chicago” (with Marianne Bertrand, Monica Bhatt, Chris Blattman, and Sara B. Heller)

"Providing Intensive Wraparound Supports for Disengaged Chicago Youth: A Randomized Evaluation" (with Nour Abdul-Razzak)

"The Lessons and Limits of Predicting Shooting Victimization" (with Sara B. Heller, Benjamin Jakubowski, and Zubin Jelveh)

"Improving Fatherhood Outcomes for Non-Resident Fathers" (with Isaac Ahuvia, Rachael Maguire, and Steve Raphael)