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Tiffany N. Ford is a postdoctoral fellow with the Future of the Middle Class Initiative (FMCI) in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution where her work focuses on Black American middle-class well-being and upward mobility in the United States. Her qualitative and mixed methods work ensures the voices and experiences of those who policy harms and excludes are at the forefront of her analysis. Ford joined the FMCI team in February 2019, first as a senior research assistant and later as a research analyst.

Ford earned her Ph.D. in policy studies with a concentration in social policy from the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Policy in May 2021. There, her dissertation research explored the Black women’s subjective well-being paradox and suggested policy interventions to support Black women’s well-being in the U.S. Ford also serves as a health equity postdoctoral research associate with Cornell University’s Politics of Race, Immigration, Class and Ethnicity (PRICE) research initiative, working to build a framework for racial equity in health policy.

Ford is a mixed methods public policy and public health advocate whose research focuses on race-gender-class inequality in health and well-being in the U.S. Her broad view of health means that her work spans topics, like: subjective well-being (life satisfaction, optimism, and stress); public budgeting, including police, health, and education spending; unemployment and workforce development; housing, gentrification, and eviction; and gendered racism in systems, institutions, and policy.

Ford attended undergrad at the University of Miami (#theU), where she majored in human and social development and economics. She earned her Master of Public Health with a concentration in community health sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to beginning her doctoral program, Ford worked as a senior policy analyst for health reform and health equity at a public health policy non-profit in Chicago. There, her health equity research and advocacy bridged the gap between protest movements, the social and structural determinants of health, and policy interventions at institutional, systems, local, and state levels.

Tiffany N. Ford is a postdoctoral fellow with the Future of the Middle Class Initiative (FMCI) in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution where her work focuses on Black American middle-class well-being and upward mobility in the United States. Her qualitative and mixed methods work ensures the voices and experiences of those who policy harms and excludes are at the forefront of her analysis. Ford joined the FMCI team in February 2019, first as a senior research assistant and later as a research analyst.

Ford earned her Ph.D. in policy studies with a concentration in social policy from the University of Maryland College Park School of Public Policy in May 2021. There, her dissertation research explored the Black women’s subjective well-being paradox and suggested policy interventions to support Black women’s well-being in the U.S. Ford also serves as a health equity postdoctoral research associate with Cornell University’s Politics of Race, Immigration, Class and Ethnicity (PRICE) research initiative, working to build a framework for racial equity in health policy.

Ford is a mixed methods public policy and public health advocate whose research focuses on race-gender-class inequality in health and well-being in the U.S. Her broad view of health means that her work spans topics, like: subjective well-being (life satisfaction, optimism, and stress); public budgeting, including police, health, and education spending; unemployment and workforce development; housing, gentrification, and eviction; and gendered racism in systems, institutions, and policy.

Ford attended undergrad at the University of Miami (#theU), where she majored in human and social development and economics. She earned her Master of Public Health with a concentration in community health sciences from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to beginning her doctoral program, Ford worked as a senior policy analyst for health reform and health equity at a public health policy non-profit in Chicago. There, her health equity research and advocacy bridged the gap between protest movements, the social and structural determinants of health, and policy interventions at institutional, systems, local, and state levels.

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