Senior Research Fellows
Randy Albelda, Senior Research Fellow
Randy Albelda (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst) is a professor of economics at University of Massachusetts Boston. She has worked as research director of the Massachusetts State Senate's Taxation Committee and the legislature's Special Commission on Tax Reform. Her research and teaching covers a broad range of economic policies affecting low-income families. She has written on welfare reform, paid family and medical leave policies, racial and gender divisions in occupations, the distribution of family income and earnings, and gender and race bias in radical theories of labor market segmentation.
Marcellus Andrews, Senior Research Fellow
Marcellus Andrews earned a BSBA from the Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania as well as an M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. Andrews has been a full professor and chair of economics at Wellesley College and the first Lilian and Nathan Ackerman Professor of Equality and Justice in America at the School of Public Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York. Andrews comments on public affairs and economics in the pages of The Nation and on National Public Radio’s business affairs journal Marketplace. Andrews is the author of many academic articles published in specialist journals as well as The Political Economy of Hope and Fear: Capitalism and the Black Condition in America (NYU Press, 1999). His current book projects are Economic Policy and the Road to Social Justice (completed manuscript) and Re-imagining American Freedom (in progress).
Cherrie Bucknor, Senior Research Fellow
Cherrie Bucknor is a Ph.D. Student in Sociology at Harvard University. Her research interests include class, race, gender, labor unions, and social policy. In particular, she is interested in the relationship between neoliberal public policies and racial, economic, and gender inequality, especially in a U.S. context. At Harvard, she studies the causes and consequences of racial wealth and income inequality, labor and social movements, crime and punishment, and alternatives to capitalism. Cherrie previously worked as a Research Associate at CEPR, conducting research on the labor market experiences of poor and minority workers as well as the benefits of union representation. She was also a contributor to the Girl w/ Pen blog at The Society Pages and managed the large microdata extracts at CEPRdata.org.
Ha-Joon Chang, Senior Research Fellow
Ha-Joon Chang (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) has taught at the Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge since 1990. His most recent books include Economics: The User's Guide (2014), 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism (2011), Bad Samaritans: The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism (2007), Kicking Away the Ladder – Development Strategy in Historical Perspective (2002), which is the winner of the 2003 Myrdal Prize, Restructuring Korea Inc. (with Jang-Sup Shin, 2003), Globalization, Economic Development and The Role of the State (2003), and Reclaiming Development – An Alternative Economic Policy Manual (with Ilene Grabel, 2004). Ha-Joon Chang has worked as a consultant for numerous international organisations, including various UN agencies, the World Bank, and the Asian Development Bank. He is the winner of the 2003 Gunnar Myrdal Prize and the 2005 Wassily Leontief Prize.
Niki T. Dickerson, Senior Research Fellow
Niki T. Dickerson (Ph.D., University of Michigan, Sociology) studies the structural features of the U.S. labor market that enable or hinder access to employment opportunities for marginalized workers. Her current work investigates the role of residential segregation in the job allocation process and patterns of race/gender occupational segregation in the U.S. labor market. The National Academy of Science recently awarded her a HUD post-doctoral fellowship to study the impact of residential segregation on the race gap in unemployment and other employment outcomes for blacks and Latinos in marginalized communities in U.S. metropolitan areas.
Roberto Frenkel, Senior Research Fellow
Roberto Frenkel has been Principal Research Associate at CEDES since 1977 and Professor at the Universidad de Buenos Aires since 1984. Presently he is also Director of the Graduate Program on Capital Markets and teaches graduate courses at the Di Tella and FLACSO-San Andrés universities. He is a member of the UNDP Advisers Group; member of the Board of the World Institute for Development Economic Research (WIDER), United Nations University; and member of the Academic Council of CEFID-AR. He has published numerous books and articles in academic journals on macroeconomic theory and policy, money and finance, inflation and stabilization policies and labor market and income distribution, with special focus on Argentina and Latin America.
Janelle Jones, Senior Research Fellow
Janelle Jones is currently the Policy & Research Director at The Hub Project. She was previously an Economic Analyst at Economic Policy Institute (EPI) working on a variety of labor market topics within EPI’s Program on Race, Ethnicity, and the Economy (PREE) and Economic Analysis Research Network (EARN). She was previously a research associate at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR), where she worked on topics including racial inequality, unemployment, job quality, and unions. Her research has been cited in The New Yorker, The Economist, Harper’s, The Washington Post, The Review of Black Political Economy, and other publications. She also worked as an economist at the Bureau of Economic Analysis.
She has served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA volunteer in Sacramento, CA where she worked for a grassroots non-profit around community health issues. She has also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Peru in the Small Business Development Program focusing on local economic development. Janelle holds a B.S. in Mathematics from Spelman College. She also has a M.A. in Applied Economics with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from Illinois State University.
Helene Jorgensen, Senior Research Fellow
Helene Jorgensen (Ph.D. American University, Economics; M.S., George Mason University, Environmental Science and Policy) studies health care, labor markets, and employment benefits. Her latest book, Sick and Tired: How the U.S. Health Care System Fails Its Patients (Polipoint Press, February 2010), tells the story of her own battle with Lyme disease and examines the institutional failures of the health care system. Jorgensen has served as an advisor to the Census Bureau Advisory Committee on the Decennial Census and chaired the Bureau of Labor Statistics Labor Research Advisory Subcommittee. She has also worked as an economist for the Public Policy Department of the AFL-CIO. She volunteers with the Washington Humane Society.
Ravi Katari, Senior Research Fellow
Ravi Katari is currently a resident in Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He has worked with the Center for Economic and Policy Research on projects examining the economic outcomes of off-label promotion by the pharmaceutical industry and alternatives to patent-funded drug research and their economic benefits. Other research interests include tissue engineering, health policy, and international affairs. He holds an M.D. from the Wake Forest School of Medicine and a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Virginia.
Antonio Lettieri, Senior Research Fellow
Antonio Lettieri graduated cum laude in political science at the University of Naples. After joining the trade union movement, he was elected national secretary of FIOM (the metalworkers’ union) and then national secretary of the Italian General Confederation of Labor (CGIL). He also served as a member of the Governing Body of the International Labor Organization. His articles appear regularly in the Italian press, and his papers in European Journals such as Les Temps Modernes, Revista de Derecho Social, and Sozialistische Hefte. He was appointed advisor to Italy’s minister of labor under the governments presided over by prime ministers Massimo D'Alema and Giuliano Amato. He is former adjunct professor of labor law at the University of Naples. Currently, he is editor of Insight.
Lara Merling, Senior Research Fellow
Lara currently works as an economics researcher at the International Trade Union Confederation. Lara holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Bard College and an M.S. in Economic Policy and Theory from the Levy Economics Institute. She is interested in using economics in ways that apply to the real world, rather than just working with abstract models. Her research focuses on highlighting the devastating effects austerity policies have on people’s lives and promoting fair economic policies that work for everyone. Lara was previously a research associate at CEPR.
John Schmitt, Senior Research Fellow
John Schmitt is the Vice President of the Economic Policy Institute. He was formerly a Senior Economist with CEPR and an Economist with the Economic Policy Institute. John has written extensively on unemployment, economic inequality, U.S./Europe labor economic performance and the welfare state. He holds a B.A. in International Affairs from Princeton University and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in economics from the London School of Economics.
Franklin Serrano, Senior Research Fellow
Franklin Serrano (Ph.D, M.S. Cambridge University, Economics; M.S. Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) is currently "professor associado" at the Instituto de Economia at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, where he teaches on macroeconomics, growth theory and political economy to both graduate and undergraduate students of economics and also at the graduate program on International Political Economy. He is also a research associate at the center for studies in economic policy of the university of Campinas, Brazil. He has been a visiting scholar at the U. N. Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) in Chile (1997), senior visiting scholar at the Centro Piero Sraffa at RomaTre University in Italy (2004) and senior teaching fellow at the Sraffa Summer School at the Schumpeter centre in University of Graz, Austria (2008). He was in the founding board of directors of the IDEAs network of heterodox development economists (2001–2004) and a member of the scientific committee of the International Celso Furtado Center for development policies in Rio de Janeiro (2009–11). He was also a researcher for the Brazilian National Research council, CNPq (1997–2011).
Junius Williams, Senior Research Fellow
Junius Williams is a nationally recognized attorney, musician, educator and independent thinker who has been at the forefront of the Civil Rights and Human Rights Movements in this country for decades. His life in the Movement in the South and the North has been chronicled in the Civil Rights History Project, a collaborative initiative of the Library of Congress and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution. His is one of eleven interviews shown nationally on C-SPAN.
His speeches have energized young and old alike in places like the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC, the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, in New York, Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton, NJ, and colleges throughout the country.
Ben Zipperer, Senior Research Fellow
Ben Zipperer is an Economist at the Economic Policy Institute and a noted expert on the minimum wage and low-wage labor markets. He is a research associate at the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley. Previously, he was a Research Economist at the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and a Research Assistant at CEPR. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.