Sandra Aguilar-Gomez

I am  a second 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 . My main research interests lie in the fields of health, climate change, inequality, gender and development economics. I hold a Master in Applied Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), as well as a degree in Economics from the same university.

I am currently studying gender disparities in the context of natural resource shocks (particularly, the California Gold Rush), as well as women’s health in developing countries (Mexico and Tanzania). Last summer, I worked with the Data Science group of Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, where I studied the drivers of health inequality in the US.

Prior to starting my PhD, I worked at the Economic Research Division at Mexico’s Central Bank and as a junior researcher in two NGO’s, where I analyzed public policy challenges related to financial sustainability, environmental and energy policy, as well as crime prevention. My BA’s thesis, in which I explored the distribution of the economic consequences of drug-related violence in Mexico, has been awarded by CitiGroup (Banamex) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

On my free time, I participate in the Mexican Students Association (MEXSA) and the Columbia University Bellydance troupe. I am a stubborn feminist and an avid microblogger. 

Contact information:

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  • Address: School of International and Public Affairs, 420 W 118th St #1410, New York, NY 10027