I am a fourth year student in the Sustainable Development PhD program in Columbia University, where I was awarded the Wu Fellowship for my research in health, wellbeing and public policy, as well as a Center for Development Economics ans Policy student research grant. I am also the 2019 Lead Teaching Fellow in Sustainable Development for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Columbia. My main research interests lie in the fields of health and development economics. Prior to coming to Columbia, I studied Economics and graduated with honors from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).

I am interested on behavioral responses to environmental change and their impact on gender and socioeconomic inequality. On the environmental policy side, I am currently working on the economics of air pollution control and on the impacts of temperature on financial indicators and hospital management. On the development economics side, I am currently studying gender disparities in labor markets both in Mexico and the United States, as well as women’s health in Tanzania and Mexico.

During my Ph.D, I have worked with the Data Science group of Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, where I studied the drivers of health inequality in the US, and at the Economic Research Division of the Central Bank of Mexico as a Summer Research Fellow. I teach Gender Economics in Mexico, wher I have participated in several panels on women’s rights, economic history and politics. I also contribute to the Economics and Society blog in Nexos, a cultural and political magazine based in Mexico City, and to Foco Economico, an academic economics and politics blog with the objective of discussing research conducted in Latin America.

 My undergaduate thesis, in which I explored the distribution of the economic consequences of drug-related violence in Mexico, was awarded by CitiGroup (Banamex) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Contact information:

  • Email: sa3414@columbia.edu
  • Address: School of International and Public Affairs, 420 W 118th St #1410, New York, NY 10027

Header photo credits: Santiago Arau