I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Sustainable Development PhD program in Columbia University. My main research interests lie in the fields of health and development economics. I focus on the 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, where 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.

 At Columbia, I was awarded the Wu Fellowship for my research in health, wellbeing and public policy, as well as a Center for Development Economics and Policy student research grant. I am also the 2019 Lead Teaching Fellow in Sustainable Development for the Center for Teaching and Learning at Columbia.

Prior to coming to Columbia, I studied Economics and graduated with honors from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). 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