Ebonya Washington Appointed the Henry Kohn Assistant Professor

Ebonya L. Washington, the newly designated Henry Kohn Assistant Professor of Economics, specializes in public finance and political economy.

Washington teaches courses in both economics and political science. Her research interests focus on the interplay of race, gender and political representation: the behavioral motivations and consequences of political participation and the processes through which low-income Americans meet their financial needs.

Washington’s work has appeared in the Journal of Human Resources and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Her publications have explored such issues as how daughters affect their legislator fathers’ voting on women’s issues; how black candidates affect voter turnout; the impact of income on support for redistribution and other liberal proposals; and subsidies to employee insurance premiums and the health insurance market, among others.

A member of the Yale faculty since 2004, Washington is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. During the 2007-2008 academic year, she was a visiting scholar in the Department of Economics at Harvard University. Earlier in her career, she was a postdoctoral lecturer in the Department of Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned her Ph.D. in 2003. She earned her B.A. in public policy at Brown University.

Washington was a graduate research fellow at the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College 2001-2002. She was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow 1999-2003. In 2007, she was awarded a Yale Junior Faculty Fellowship.

The economist has been an invited lecturer at numerous universities and has been a presenter or discussant at a number of meetings of the National Economic Association and the American Economic Association. She serves as a referee for many professional journals.

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