Graduate Research Assistants
Nicholas Croce is a dual-degree MPP/MBA student concentrating in Poverty Alleviation. Since living in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Nicholas has internalized a deep interest in interfaith relations and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At IASP, he focuses on the efficacy of Children’s Savings Accounts in creating socioeconomic mobility. Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is prominent on his bookshelf; his to-be-read-when-time-allows reading list includes Toqueville’s Democracy in America and Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Nicholas is a proud AmeriCorps alumnus, and has worked at the American Red Cross, Amnesty International Israel, and the New Hampshire Human Rights Commission.
Annie Leiter is an MPP student concentrating in Child, Youth, and Family Policy. Since working with adolescents and teens as a volunteer ski instructor at Youth Enrichment Services, Annie has developed an interest in youth development, particularly through youth workforce development initiatives and community partnerships. At IASP, Annie is part of a team focusing on advancement in healthcare careers for low-income workers. Annie graduated from Williams College in 2013 with a BA in Political Science and a Certificate in Spanish. Before attending the Heller School, Annie did project management work for two consulting firms, first in Frankfurt, Germany, serving start-up medical device companies, and later in Brookline, MA, serving non-profit clients. Annie is currently a volunteer case manager for the Eastern Massachusetts Abortion Fund.
Anna Mahathey is a candidate in the dual Masters in Public Policy and Masters in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program. She concentrates in poverty alleviation and is particularly interested in studying the ways that welfare policies and other policies targeted toward low-income people affect the various identities women hold, such as workers, mothers, and caregivers. Previously, Anna interned with the Government Affairs team at CFED, where she delved into policy issues around retirement, asset limits, affordable homeownership, and financial security at work. She also specialized in researching and writing about the women’s wealth gap. At IASP, Anna is part of a team researching healthcare career pathways. Prior to attending the Heller School, Anna attended High Point University, where she earned degrees in Religion and Sociology. When she’s not researching or doing school work, Anna can be found outside exploring and soaking up nature’s beauty.
Caroline Swaller is a dual Master's in Public Policy and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies candidate. She concentrates on the intersection of federal policy and gendered violence specifically the growing role of Title IX in fighting against sexual assault on college campuses. Previously, Caroline worked as a workplace policy and research intern at the National Partnership for Women & Families in Washington D.C.. At IASP, Caroline is part of a research team working with the Family, Friends, and Neighbors Network in Bangor, Maine focusing on the caregiving and educational needs of informal care networks. Caroline graduated from Denison University in 2013 with a dual Bachelor's in Women's Studies and Theatre with a specific interest in the ways political theatre can transform oppressive legal structures in the United States. She has worked abroad in London, UK and has traveled the country from coast to coast as a volunteer with Americorps NCCC FEMA Corps. In her spare time she thinks of ways she can be more like Leslie Knope.