Dr. East is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Colorado Denver and a Research Fellow at IZA - Institute for the Study of Labor. Dr. East graduated with her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Davis in 2016 and her B.S. in Economics from the University of Texas at Austin in 2011.
She currently serves as the Associate Chair for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion in the Economics Department at CU Denver. She is also the founder and leads the Equity, Diversity, Inclusion (EDI) Committee within the CU Denver Economics Department. Additionally, Dr. East serves as the co-chair for the Children’s Thrive Action Network Research Working Group, which brings together researchers and policy advocates working on issues affecting children in immigrant families.
Her research focuses on the study of U.S. government policies including safety net and social insurance programs, as well as immigration policy, and examining how they affect outcomes of individuals, both foreign-born and U.S.-born.
Dr. East founded the Lab in Spring 2022 as part of her ongoing objective to provide evidence-based recommendations to advocates and policy-makers on how best to structure equitable policies. The lab also supports her goal of expanding the pipeline into Economics.
For more information on Dr. East's work, visit her website: https://www.chloeneast.com/
Kristine Kohlmeier recently graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelors degree in Economics and a minor in Mathematics. She also earned a a Bachelors degree in History from Seattle University in 2019.
During her time at both schools, she participated in several research opportunities spanning both disciplines. It was through these experiences that she gained an appreciation and passion for all aspects of the research process and this also encouraged her to seek additional research experience following her graduation. She began working for the Equitable Policy Research Lab in June 2022.
Kristine’s interests lie in research related to policy implementation, environmental economics, and historical economics. When not working she enjoys cultivating her garden and learning other languages.