Appointed as Policy Analyst, Division of Economic Support for Families, US Department of Health and Human Services


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, History, University of Chicago

Position Description

Founded in 1965 as one of the key research and coordinating offices during the Johnson Administration’s “War on Poverty,” the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) serves as the principal advisor to the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services on health; human services; disability, aging, and long-term care; and science and data policy. ASPE provides policy and economic analysis; leads special initiatives internally and across federal agencies; coordinates the Department's evaluation, research, and demonstration activities; and directs cross-Department activities such as strategic planning, legislative and budget development, and review of regulations. Integral to this role, ASPE conducts research and evaluations, develops policy analyses, and estimates the cost and benefits of policy alternatives under consideration by the Department or Congress.

The Policy Analyst would work within HSP’s Division of Economic Support for Families, which focuses on policies and programs affecting various low-income populations. This includes policy development around major initiatives such as homelessness and reentry, and conducting and coordinating analysis, research, and evaluation on the safety net; economic support and opportunity; welfare-to-work issues; strengthening families and responsible fatherhood; child support enforcement; domestic violence; place-based initiatives; immigration and refugees; human trafficking; access to public assistance; and various human services programs.