Laura Sullivan, Senior Research Associate, conducts research on the economic security of U.S. households and factors leading to long-term financial well-being and vulnerabilities. Dr. Sullivan is an experienced policy researcher and has co-authored and led the quantitative analysis of national survey data for a number of IASP publications, including analyses of racial wealth disparities and the development of multi-factor measures of economic security for the middle class and seniors. Dr. Sullivan has also taught graduate-level quantitative methods and policy analysis courses at American University. Before coming to IASP, she worked in policy advocacy for low-income communities in California, interned in the Texas State Senate, and worked on a cost-benefit analysis of referral networks for social services.
Dr. Sullivan holds a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.
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