Rebecca Thornton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Prior to that, Dr. Thornton was an assistant professor at the University of Michigan economics department from 2008-2015.. Her research focuses on education and health as well as how individuals respond to financial incentives in these areas. She has worked on a randomized evaluation of a merit-based scholarship in Kenya. She is also working on randomized evaluations examining HIV testing and prevention and menstruation and education in Nepal.