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Senior Research Associate

lauras@brandeis.edu

Expertise

Economic security and poverty, wealth disparities by race/ethnicity, retirement security, policy analysis, quantitative methods.

Scholarship

  • Traub, A., Sullivan, L., Meschede, T. & Shapiro, T.. The Asset Value of Whiteness: Understanding the Racial Wealth Gap. Waltham, Massachusetts Institute on Assets and Social Policy: 2017.
  • Sullivan, L. & Meschede, T.. "Race, Gender, and Senior Economic Well-Being: How Financial Vulnerability Over the Life Course Shapes Retirement for Women of Color." Public Policy and Aging Report. 26. 2 (2016): 58-62.
  • Sullivan, L., Meschede, T., Shapiro, T., Asante-Muhammed, D., & Nieves, E.. Equitable Investments in the Next Generation: Designing Policies to Close the Racial Wealth Gap.. Waltham, Massachusetts Institute on Assets and Social Policy: 2016.
  • Sullivan, L., Meschede, T., Shapiro, T.. "How Measurement of Inequalities in Wealth by Race/Ethnicity Impacts Narrative and Policy." Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management. Washington, DC. November 2016.
  • Sullivan, L., Meschede, T., Dietrich, L., Shapiro, T., Huelsman, M., & Draut, T.. Less Debt, More Equity: Lowering Student Debt While Closing the Black-White Wealth Gap.. Waltham, Massachusetts Institute on Assets and Social Policy: 2015.
  • Sullivan, L., Meschede, T., Mann, A. Ramirez-Kuykendall, S. & Shapiro, T.. Navigating and Unclear Path: Preparing for Retirement in the 21st Century. Waltham, Massachusetts Institute on Assets and Social Policy: 2015.
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Profile

Dr. Laura Sullivan is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, where she conducts research on the economic security of U.S. households and factors leading to long-term financial well-being and vulnerabilities. Dr. Sullivan is an experienced policy researcher and has co-authored and led the quantitative analysis of national survey data for a number of IASP publications in the areas of racial wealth disparities, retirement security, and the measurement of economic security. Dr. Sullivan has also taught graduate-level quantitative methods and policy analysis courses at American University. A 2013 PhD graduate from the Heller School, her dissertation research focused on understanding the financial impacts of household-level economic shocks on households approaching retirement. Previously, she worked in policy advocacy promoting economic development in low-income communities and communities of color in California and was an AmeriCorps member coordinating literacy programs in public schools in the Bay Area.

 

Degrees

Brandeis University
Ph.D.

Brandeis University
M.A.

University of Texas, Austin
M.A.

University of Texas, Austin
MPAff

University of California, Berkeley
B.A.

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