New public policy fellows at the Rockefeller Institute of Government

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There are four new public policy fellows at the Rockefeller Institute of Government. The quartet, who will spend the next year examining issues like higher education, municipal finances, and the social safety net, according to a July 15 press release, are:

  • Amalia Dache, an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania. She will study local governments in western New York to collect data on the racial, transit and economic factors that limit access to higher education. 
  • Michael Klein, a professor of international economic affairs at Tufts University. He will research the affordability and accessibility issues in higher education this year.
  • Gregory Rabb, a political science professor at Jamestown Community College. He will examine how 10 small cities across the state have dealt with fiscal issues this past year.
  • Tara Watson is a professor of economics and chair of the public health program at Williams College. She will study how the social safety net has been implemented in New York state.


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