Sandra Aguilar-Gomez

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 the CDEP (Center for Development Economics ans Policy) student research grant. My main research interests lie in the fields of health 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). I am interested on behavioral responses to environmental change and their impact on gender and socioeconomic inequality. 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, has been awarded by CitiGroup (Banamex) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Contact information:

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

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