Welcome our new Postdoctoral Research Associates to Brown

Carycruz Bueno

Carycruz Bueno is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Annenberg Insitute at Brown University.

Her research is in applied microeconomics with a focus on labor economics, education economics, and health economics. Her research addresses topics such as school choice, teacher labor markets, and student non-cognitive skills. She has received funding from National Science Foundation, American Society of Hispanic Economists, National Economics Association, and Southern Economics Association.

Prior to receiving her PhD. from Georgia State, she was a Teach For America Corp member and taught 7th grade Special Education Mathematics in Hawaii.

Jessalynn James

Jessalynn James is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in School Reform at the Annenberg Institute. Her research uses a mix of causal and descriptive techniques to evaluate policies that enhance teaching quality (e.g., through recruitment, training, and retention), as well as the implications of these policies for ameliorating academic disparities. Most recently, she was an IES-VEST Pre-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia, where she was engaged in a research partnership between the University of Virginia and the District of Columbia Public Schools focusing on teacher policy in the district. Before that, she worked at health policy research foundation and later at an educational assessment and research organization in New York City.

Jessalynn has a Ph.D. in education policy from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and previously received a Master’s degree in public affairs, with a concentration in policy analysis and evaluation, from the Baruch School of Public Affairs at the City University of New York.

Katharine Meyer

Katharine Meyer is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University and a Research Affiliate with the Nudge4Solutions Lab at the University of Virginia. Her primary line of research focuses on the application of behavioral science insights to develop and evaluate interventions helping students and families navigate complex education investment decisions. Her current experimental work includes projects targeting preschool attendance, library engagement, financial aid filing, and college persistence. Her non-experimental work includes projects on the effects of school counselors on student outcomes and the returns to community college enrollment. Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and ManagementDaedalus, and the Journal of Student Financial Aid. Meyer holds a PhD in Education Policy and MPP from the University of Virginia.