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Expertise: Housing, consumer prices, intellectual property, Social Security, Medicare, trade, employment

Dean Baker, Co-DirectorDean Baker co-founded CEPR in 1999. His areas of research include housing and macroeconomics, intellectual property, Social Security, Medicare and European labor markets. He is the author of several books, including Getting Back to Full Employment: A Better bargain for Working People,The End of Loser Liberalism: Making Markets Progressive, The United States Since 1980, Social Security: The Phony Crisis (with Mark Weisbrot), and The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer. His blog, Beat the Press, provides commentary on economic reporting. He received his B.A. from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.

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Expertise: Economic growth, trade, Social Security, Latin America, international financial institutions, development

Mark Weisbrot, Co-DirectorMark Weisbrot is Co-Director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, D.C. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Michigan. He is author of the forthcoming book Failed: What the "Experts" Got Wrong About the Global Economy (Oxford University Press, 2015), and co-author, with Dean Baker, of Social Security: The Phony Crisis (University of Chicago Press, 2000), and has written numerous research papers on economic policy. He writes a column on economic and policy issues that is distributed to over 550 newspapers by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services. He also writes a regular column for The Guardian Unlimited in the U.K. His opinion pieces have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and most major U.S. newspapers. He appears regularly on national and local television and radio programs. He is also president of Just Foreign Policy.

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Expertise: Private equity, workforce, employment, labor, women workers, work-life balance, workplace practices, labor-management cooperation

Eileen AppelbaumDr. Eileen Appelbaum previously served as director of the Rutgers Center for Women and Work. During her tenure, Dr. Appelbaum built the Center into a major locus for research on women's advancement in the labor market and at the workplace. The Center undertook numerous projects that were aimed at understanding and improving the lives of working women at all income levels. Prior to taking over the Center at Rutgers she was the research director at the Economic Policy Institute. She previously had been a professor of economics at Temple University.

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Alan Barber, Director, Domestic CommunicationsAlan works with CEPR economists and analysts to present CEPR's work to the public and the media. Before joining CEPR, he worked at Congressional Quarterly and Mammen Pritchard Inc. Prior to this, he worked on a number of political campaigns at both the state and national level. He holds degrees in Government and Psychology from Georgetown University.

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Dan Beeton has more than fifteen years of experience working on international policy issues with organizations including the Center for Economic Justice, Haiti Reborn, and the U.S. Campaign for Burma. Prior to joining CEPR, he was associate director for Citizens Trade Campaign where he did research and advocacy on U.S. trade policy. His writings on Haiti, Latin America, trade, and other topics have been published in the Los Angeles Times, the NACLA Report on the Americas, Third World Quarterly and other publications.

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Deborah James, Director, International ProgramsDeborah James, Director of International Programs
Deborah James has over fifteen years of expertise working on issues of trade and democratic global governance. At CEPR, her work focuses on the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, and US policy towards Latin America. Prior to CEPR, she was the Director of the WTO Program of Public Citizen's Global Trade Watch, where she worked to inform civil society and governments worldwide about the potential impacts of the WTO's proposed Doha Round expansion.

She was also the Global Economy Director of Global Exchange, where she did similar work around the proposed Free Trade Area of the Americas. She has written numerous articles and makes regular media appearances in English and Spanish on these issues, and has appeared on CNN en Español, Voice of America, CNN International, and the O'Reilly Factor, among other news outlets. She graduated cum laude in Psychology and Women's Studies from the University of California at San Diego, and holds a Masters in International Policy and Planning from the George Washington University.

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Jake Johnston, Research AssociateJake Johnston graduated from Boston University in 2008 with a B.A. in Economics. At CEPR his research has focused predominantly on economic policy in Latin America, the International Monetary Fund and U.S. foreign policy. He is the lead author for CEPR’s Haiti: Relief and Reconstruction Watch blog and has authored papers on Haiti concerning the ongoing cholera epidemic, aid accountability and transparency and the U.S. foreign aid system. His articles have been published in outlets such as The Hill, AlterNet, Truthout, and the Caribbean Journal.

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Alexander Main, Senior Associate, International PolicyAlexander Main is the Senior Associate for International Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. In his work at CEPR, Alexander focuses on U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean and regularly engages with U.S. policy makers and civil society groups. He is regularly interviewed by international media such as CNN en español, Al Jazeera English and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and his analyses on U.S. policy in the Americas have been published in a variety of media outlets such as Foreign Policy, NACLA and the Monde diplomatique. Prior to CEPR, Alexander spent more than six years in Latin America working as an international relations analyst. He has a degree in history and political science from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

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Expertise: Federal budget, trade, Social Security

David Rosnick, EconomistDavid Rosnick is the architect of CEPR's online calculators, including the Accurate Benefits Calculator and Housing Cost Calculator. Previously, he worked as a research associate at the North Carolina State University Department of Computer Science. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from N.C. State, a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering Physics from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in Economics from George Washington University.

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Nicole Woo, Director, Domestic PolicyNicole Woo is the Director of Domestic Policy at the Center for Economic and Policy Research, where she covers a broad range of U.S. economic policy areas, including labor markets, financial reform, federal budgets, and social insurance. Previously, she specialized in domestic hunger policy as the Associate Director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and as a Senior Policy Analyst at the Food Research and Action Center. She also worked on international hunger issues as a Congressional Hunger Fellow, serving in India, and as a fundraiser and director of finance and administration for several non-profit organizations in New York City and Washington, DC. She received her B.A. from Harvard University, where she concentrated in Government.

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Matthew Bernstein has worked as a senior accountant for an independent research institute affiliated with Georgetown University Medical Center, and most recently as an accounting manager for the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association. He also produced a documentary, Another Perspective on the Proposed Sports Arena at Gallery Place, about the potential socioeconomic effects of building what is now called the Verizon Center. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University.

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Cherrie Bucknor holds a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Public Administration with a concentration in Policy Analysis from American University. Her research interests include economic inequality and policies that benefit low-income individuals and families. Previously, she worked at the Risk Analysis Research Center at the USPS Office of Inspector General and served as an Episcopal Service Corps intern in New York City.

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Nick Buffie graduated with a B.A. in Economics and Hispanic Literatures and Cultures from Wesleyan University. His main areas of interest include economic inequality, depressions, and equality of opportunity. Much of his research focuses on unemployment, healthcare reform, tax policy, labor policy, the public budget, and regulation of the financial sector. Nick has previously worked at Economic Policy Institute, the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, and the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Kevin Cashman has a B.A. in Biological Chemistry and Political Science from Grinnell College. His experience includes time working in environmental protection, organizing, and progressive political advocacy, specifically supporting the expansion of social insurance and healthcare programs. He is interested in analyzing our society from a perspective that includes economic and social justice, privilege, class, race, and gender.

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Kyle Hayes earned a Master’s degree in Public Policy with a concentration in Policy Analysis from American University in May 2015. His main areas of interest include economic security, full employment policy, health care reform, and political systems. His previous research includes work on the development of the Affordable Care Act’s State Health Insurance Marketplaces. Kyle has previously worked for the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and a state representative from Georgia.

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Stephan Lefebvre graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Swarthmore College. His research interests include macroeconomic policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, heterodox economics and transnational feminist theory. Previously, he served as a research assistant at the Inter-American Development Bank working on issues of gender and development.

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Dawn Niederhauser began her career as an Economist with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. She then moved over to the private sector, where she held several marketing positions before leaving the corporate world behind in the late 1990s. Since then, she has worked as a fundraiser for several non-profit organizations in Boston and Baltimore. Her most recent position was with the Baltimore City Public School System. She has a B.S. in Economics from Towson University.

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Eileen O'Grady brings experience from her work with the AFL-CIO in Austin and with the D.C.-based Guatemala Human Rights Commission. She received her B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz, focusing on Latin American history and labor history with particular emphasis in historiography, gender and sexuality, and social movements. She also spent time studying in Valparaiso, Chile in 2012.

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Amy Xu is a student at Yale University. She is interested in economic history, the politics of redistribution, and the relationship between non-state actors and the state in Latin American countries. Previously, she worked as a research assistant at Columbia University Medical Center. She is also an intern at Word Up, a multilingual community bookshop and arts space in New York.

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