Review Board Member Bios

University of Georgia

Jeffrey Dorfman is an economist and professor at The University of Georgia, where he has been since 1989. He teaches classes in economic theory, the economics of the food industry, and macroeconomic policy in the agricultural and natural resource sectors. He performs research mostly on productivity measurement and regional economics. His research in the RDC will be focused on issues of productivity in food manufacturing and topics related to worker migration and commuting patterns.

Ian M. Schmutte is Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. Prior to coming to Georgia, Dr. Schmutte received his Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University.  During his doctoral studies, he worked for the U.S. Census Bureau as an economist with the Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics program, and as Administrator of the New York Census Research Data Center at Cornell.

Georgia Institute of Technology

Peter Thompson joined Scheller  in 2014. Prior to joining Scheller he served on the faculty at Emory, Florida International, Carnegie Mellon, and the University of Houston. Peter’s research, which includes both theoretical and empirical work, has covered a variety of fields, including endogenous growth theory, industry evolution, entrepreneurship, organizational learning, and medical decision making. Peter has taught courses covering most major areas of economics, at Ph.D., MBA and undergraduate levels.

Georgia State University

Barry Hirsch is the W.J. Usery Chair of the American Workplace and Professor of Economics, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, and currently serves as Chair of the Review Board. His research focuses on wage determination in U.S. labor markets, including studies of union effects on wages and economic performance, survey nonresponse, discrimination, area wage differentials, and labor markets in airlines, trucking, and nursing. Hirsch is past president of the Southern Economic Association, a Research Fellow at IZA Bonn, and on the editorial boards of Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Industrial Relations, the Journal of Labor Research, and the Southern Economic Journal. He has authored The Economic Analysis of Unions: New Approaches and Evidence (with J. Addison, 1986), Labor Unions and the Economic Performance of Firms (1991), Union Membership and Earnings Data Book (annual, with D. Macpherson), and is co-editor of Lives of the Laureates (5th ed., MIT Press, 2009, with W. Breit). Along with D. Macpherson, he maintains the website, Union Membership and Coverage Database from the CPS ( Hirsch received his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

Paula Stephan‘s research interests focus on the careers of scientists and engineers and the process by which knowledge moves across institutional boundaries in the economy. Stephan currently serves on the National Research Council Board on Higher Education and Workforce and the National Academies’  Committee to Review the State of the Postdoctoral Experience for Scientists and Engineers. She served on the National Advisory General Medical Sciences Council, National Institutes of Health, 2005-2009 and served on the Advisory Committee of the Social, Behavioral, and Economics Program, National Science Foundation, 2001-2008. She was a member of the European Commission High-Level Expert Group that authored the report “Frontier Research: The European Challenge.” She is a member of the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science.  Her research has been supported by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellow Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Stephan graduated from Grinnell College (Phi Beta Kappa) with a B.A. in Economics and earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan.  She has been a visiting scholar at Katholeike Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, a Wertheim Fellow, Harvard University, and an ICER fellow, Turin, Italy.  Stephan is a research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.  Stephan has published numerous articles in journals such as The American Economic Review, Science, Nature, The Journal of Economic Literature, Management Science, Organizational Science, Economic Inquiry and The International Economic Review. She co-wrote, with Sharon Levin, Striking the Mother Lode in Science (Oxford University Press, 1992).  She recently published How Economics Shapes Science, (Harvard University Press, 2012).

Emory University

Elena Pesavento is Associate Professor in the Department of Economics at Emory University. She is an Econometrician specialized in Time Series Analysis. Her research interests are in the area of non-stationary variables, structural breaks, unit roots, near unit roots and cointegration with applications to the fields of international finance and macroeconomics.  Dr. Pesavento received a bachelor degree in Statistics from University of Padova in Italy and a Ph.D. in Economics from University of California San Diego. She has been at Emory since 2000.  She is currently on the editorial board of Empirical Economics.

Benjamin Druss is the first Rosalynn Carter Chair in Mental Health at Emory University.  He is working to build linkages between mental health, general medical health, and public health, and works closely with Carter Center Mental Health Program, where he is a member of the Mental Health Task Force and Journalism Task Force. He has been a member of two Institute of Medicine Committees, and has served as an expert consultant to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation.

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Timothy Dunne is a research economist and policy adviser in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His major fields of study are applied industrial economics and labor economics. Before he joined the Bank in 2013, Dr. Dunne was a vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, where he led the research department’s Regional Issues Group. Dr. Dunne joined the Cleveland Fed in 2006 as a senior economic adviser. In 2009, he served as Chong K. Liew Professor of Economics at the University of Oklahoma. He returned to the Cleveland Fed in 2010 and was appointed vice president. Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, he was director of research in the office of the Chief Economist at the U.S. Bureau of the Census. Dr. Dunne earned his bachelor of arts in economics and history from the College of William and Mary and his doctorate in economics from Pennsylvania State University.

R. Anton Braun is a research economist and senior policy adviser in the research department at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. His major fields of study are macroeconomic risks and the effects of monetary policy. Prior to joining the Bank in 2010, Dr. Braun was a full professor at the University of Tokyo, where he worked from 2001 to 2010. His other previous appointments include associate professor at the International University of Japan in Niigata, Japan, from 1998 to 2000; senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis from 1992 to 1997; assistant professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville from 1989 to 1994; and research assistant at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, from 1985 to 1988. Dr. Braun served as a visiting scholar at CREI Universitat Pompeu Fabra, in Barcelona, Spain, from 2008 to 2009, and at both the Centro de Estudios Monetarios y Financieros and Universidad Carlos III, in Madrid, Spain, from 1996 to 1997. Dr. Braun has published research in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Monetary Economics, the Japanese Economic Review. He is a director of the Atlanta Census Research Data Center and a referee for a number of journals, including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, and the European Economic Review, and for the National Science Foundation. He has been honored with a Ministry of Health, Welfare, Education and Sports grant (2003–10), Kikawada Foundation grant (2006–08), and Foundation for International Education grant (1999–2000). Dr. Braun received a bachelor of science degree in economics from Indiana University at South Bend. He earned his master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Carnegie-Mellon University.

Florida State University

Christopher Clapp is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at Florida State University. His research interests are in Applied Microeconomics, primarily Public, Urban, and Labor Economics topics, but he also does work related to Environmental and Sports Economics. Prior to working at FSU, Chris majored in Economics and English at Clemson University, worked as a research associate for an economic consulting firm in Washington, DC, and obtained his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Virginia.

University of Alabama – Tuscaloosa

Dr. Susan Chen, University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa, is a health economist with a research agenda that focuses on topics in aging and nutrition. Dr. Chen’s research in aging focuses on estimating the effect of government programs such as the Social Security Disability Insurance on the early retirement decisions of prime aged men. In more recent work she has focused on modeling joint household labor supply decisions and estimating the effect of disability insurance on spousal labor supply. Dr. Chen’s work in nutrition focuses on the role of food retailers and their effect on obesity and food consumption. She has published in the Journal of Econometrics, Health Economics, Economics and Human Biology, the Economic Geography Journal, and the Journal of Nutrition. Dr. Chen earned her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

University of Tennessee

Nicholas Nagle is a GIScientist and population scientist whose research centers on spatial data science and on the design and analysis of population surveys.  Prof. Nagle holds a joint faculty appointment with the Geographic Information Science and Technology group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  He serves on a National Academy of Sciences Committee focused on the 2020 Decennial Census.  He is currently working on projects improving the availability and reliability of data from the US Census Bureau and the US Department of Agriculture and on projects related to population and health, both in Tennessee and in developing countries. He is particularly interested in the design of statistical methods that integrate information for multiple sources.

Community Member

Gilbert Gonzales is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the department, he was a research assistant at the State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) where he used federal surveys to report state-level measures of population health and health care. Dr. Gonzales’ research examines how state-level social policies and health reforms affect health and access to medical care in vulnerable families and children. His dissertation, for instance, examined the impact of same-sex marriage laws on health insurance coverage among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) couples and their children. His research has appeared in the American Journal of Public Health, Pediatrics, JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Gonzales completed his Ph.D. in Health Policy at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, a Master of Health Administration from the University of North Texas Health Science Center and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Biology from Baylor University.