Graduate Advising

Advising graduate students is one of the most rewarding parts of my job. I advise students on the entire PhD process, from early ideas through polishing a job market paper. This includes not only research advising, but also guidance on thriving in graduate school, getting to graduation, thinking strategically for the job market, and preparing for a career in research and/or teaching. I am committed to helping my advisees develop the best version of their work and achieve a good job placement.

I welcome any PhD student at any stage to meet with me during office hours to discuss research ideas or challenges. I especially encourage second and third year students to meet with a variety of faculty on a regular basis to get feedback from diverse viewpoints and get to know potential advisors.

I only consider requests to serve on dissertation committees from students who have already established a working relationship with me.

Students for whom I am committee co-chair participate in a weekly research advisory workshop.

Resources for Graduate Students


A Guide to Writing in Economics (Dudenhefer, 2009) link

Academic Writing for Graduate Students (Swales and Feak, 2012) link

Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace (Williams and Bizup, 2016) link

Practitioners' Advice

The Introduction Formula (Keith Head)

How to Write Applied Papers in Economics (Marc Bellemare)

Four Steps to an Applied Micro Paper (Jesse Shapiro)

Writing Tips for Ph.D. Students (John Cochrane)

Ten Most Important Rules of Writing your Job Market Paper (Claudia Goldin and Larry Katz)


Preparing a Referee Report: Guidelines and Perspectives (Jonathan Berk, Campbell Harvey, and David Hirshleifer)

20 Rules for Refereeing (Marc Bellemare)

Guidelines for Referee Reports (Elisabeth Sadoulet)

How to Write a Good Referee Report (Tatyana Deryugina)

Coding & File Management

Stata Coding Guide (Julian Reif)

Code and Data for the Social Sciences: A Practitioner's Guide (Matt Gentzkow and Jesse Shapiro)

Data Science for Economists (Grant McDermott) [Includes slides on version control with git and webscraping info]

Doctoral Fellows

I am proud to collaborate with, advise, and have provided funding support for these talented doctoral candidates.

Kate Pennington

2020 IWPR Doctoral Fellow in Economics & Reproductive Health

Kate is a doctoral candidate in applied microeconomics at UC Berkeley. She studies contemporary American political issues including reproductive rights, gentrification, and voter motivation. Before coming to Berkeley, Kate earned a BA from Cornell University and a Masters from the University of San Francisco.

During her fellowship she is collaborating on an analysis of the impact of local economic shocks on access to family planning.

Mayra Pineda Torres

2019 IWPR Doctoral Fellow in Economics & Reproductive Health

Mayra is a doctoral candidate in the department of economics at Texas A&M University. Her research is in applied microeconomics, with interests in gender, education and health. Before attending graduate school, she obtained a B.A. in Economics from ITAM in Mexico and worked in Mexico’s Central Bank.

During her fellowship she is collaborating on an analysis of the impacts of recent U.S. abortion restrictions on women's economic outcomes.

Britni Wilcher

2019 IWPR Doctoral Fellow in Gender Policy Analysis in Economics

Britni is a doctoral candidate in the department of economics at American University. Her research focuses on health, innovation and gender. She holds an MS from Bocconi School of Management and a BA from Spelman Collage.

During her fellowship she collaborated on an analysis of the impacts of paid parental leave legislation on women's labor force participation.