Natalia A. Palacios is a sixth year Ph.D. student in Human Development and Social Policy in the
With a long-standing commitment to developmental, early education, and policy research, her overarching goal as a scholar is to advance the understanding of effective programs that improve children’s chances for academic success. With strong multidisciplinary training, her research focuses on issues specific to minority and immigrant children, the complex factors affecting the transition to school, teacher quality, and children’s cognitive development. Natalia lines's of research inform each other to attain a more nuanced understanding of achievement in understudied but fast growing groups. By focusing on these research questions and using multiple rigorous methodologies, she aims to contribute to the fund of knowledge necessary to address the significant challenges to educational policy and practice in the
Benjamin Passty is a sixth-year PhD student in the economics department at Northwestern University. He grew up in Texas, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics and a bachelor of arts degree in economics at Trinity University. During his time at Trinity, he authored a junior high honors math course, as well as served in the Economists in the Schools program.
Since he came to Northwestern University in 2002, Benjamin's research interests have included applied microeconomics, labor economics, and economic history. Within the MPES program, his work centers on higher education, and his job market paper--entitled "The Good Ones Go Fast: Education, Marriage, and Merit Aid"--involves using state scholarship programs to increase the education of women to see how marriage outcomes are affected. In his spare time, he enjoys swing dancing and playing church music.
Ben's job market website can be accessed via href=http://depot.northwestern.edu/bwp535/indexjm.html .
KatieAnn’s particular interest is the differences in attention abilities that exist between groups. For example, her research has already revealed that men and women excel at different types of tasks, and that participants with attention deficits perform poorly on only a select subset of the tasks. Additionally, she has extended some of these findings to studies using electroencephalographic recordings to explore the neurological correlates of attention and attention deficits.
Although she has completed her tenure as an MPES fellowship recipient, she is still active in the program. She is also a member of the Graduate Teaching Certificate Program at NU and was appointed to teach two classes this year through the School of Continuing Studies.