Research Team & Students


Chuanyi Guo (on the market during the 2021-2022 AY)
Chuanyi Guo is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. He earned his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2020. He studies topics in public economics, economics of education, labor economics, and development economics. His current research focuses on applying causal identification strategies to evaluate the effectiveness of state fiscal monitoring and intervention policies, to estimate the impact of public sector pension policies on government finances and public sector labor markets, to measure how investments in education affect student performance and labor market outcomes, and to explore how public policies and governance affect economic growth and poverty reduction in China and underdeveloped countries.

Youngran Kim (on the market during the 2021-2022 AY)
Youngran Kim is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at University of Kentucky. At the Martin School, she investigates the economic returns to short-term certificates using administrative data from Kentucky. Before joining the Martin School, she has worked, in conjunction with the Illinois Board of Education, on an evaluation of Illinois State early childhood education programs at Northern Illinois University P-20 Research & Data Collaborative. Her research focuses on evaluating policies and programs designed to expand educational opportunities for students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Youngran Kim holds a PhD in Educational Policy from Michigan State University (MSU). She holds an MA in Educational Psychology, Measurement, and Evaluation from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her research has been published in Education Economics and International Journal of Educational Development.


Samuel Owens (on the market during the 2021-2022 AY)

Samuel Owens is a PhD candidate in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. He studies environmental policy and his current research examines areas such as federal disaster policy and municipal storm water systems. He holds a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from Indian University and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Kentucky. Sam is originally from West Lafayette, Indiana and in his free time enjoys backpacking.

Regina Lewis

Regina M. Lewis is pursuing her Ph.D. at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky. She currently serves as a Project Manager, through UK’s College of Agriculture, and conducts research evaluating the impact of policy, physical activity and nutrition programing on outcomes in childcare settings. Regina is interested in expounding on research that examines systemic patterns of inequity that reverberate in the modern Black experience and contribute to disparate outcomes such as the racial wealth gap.   

Dongwei (David) Shi

Dongwei (David) Shi is a third-year PhD student in the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration. His main research interest is financial literacy and education, and his current focus is the effects and variations of financial education requirements in the K-12 setting. David is originally born in China and moved to New Zealand during junior high and obtained NZ Citizenship. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business from Auckland University of Technology, and a Master of Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. David enjoys tennis and car racing in his free time.


Andrew Sullivan
Andrew finished his PhD in 2021 (University of Kentucky) and will start as an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in August 2021.

Barrak Algharabali
Barrak finished the PhD in 2019 (University of Kentucky) and is an Assistant Professor at the College of Business Administration – Kuwait University.

Jean Felix Ndashimye
Felix finished the PhD in 2018 (University of Missouri) and is an Impact Evaluation Officer for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), part of the United Nations System, following a postdoctoral fellowship at Vanderbilt University.