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Beyond Deng, Senior Research Assistant

Beyond is a public policy researcher whose work lies at the intersection of economic, gender and queer studies. He graduated from Williams College with a BA in Economics and Mathematics, where he wrote a thesis on gender and home production in relation to job displacements. He previously interned with Rice University’s Baker Institute studying health care policy. His current interests include better data collection among LGBTQ+ households, unemployment and unemployment insurance, and development of social capital.

Gabriela Goodman, Research Assistant

Gabriela graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a BS in Economics. While at UNC, she wrote a thesis exploring the effects of mental health on academic achievement and the long-term consequences of pass/fail grading flexibility. She previously interned at the U.S. House of Representatives and worked as a research assistant at UNC. Her research interests include social and economic mobility, education policy, and mental health.

Simran KalkatResearch Assistant

Simran joined the Center on Children and Families after graduating from the University of California, Davis and completing her degree in Economics. During her time at UC Davis she wrote a senior thesis on library programming and safety net participation. Previously, she interned at the Center for Economic and Policy Research and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Her research interests lie in education policy, employment, and safety net programs.