J-PAL Affiliated Professor
Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics
University of Maryland
Melissa S. Kearney is the Neil Moskowitz Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland. Kearney's research focuses on issues of social policy, poverty, and inequality and her work examines the effect of government programs and economic conditions on the behaviors and outcomes of economically disadvantaged populations.
Kearney holds a PhD in economics from MIT. She has been named a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and from 2013–2015 she served as Director of the Hamilton Project, an economic policy group at Brookings. She previously served as Co-Chair of J-PAL's State and Local Innovation Initiative. She is a recognized expert on issues related to domestic poverty and related public policy challenges.