Our Team

Ariel Kalil, Ph.D.
Susan E. Mayer, Ph.D.
Research Staff
Michelle Michelini, MPP
Executive Director
Ana Arellano Jimenez
Assistant Director
Andrés Barroso Chavez, MPP
Systems Operations Specialist
Katherine Crosby
Research Coordinator
Daniela Bresciani Andaluz
Pre-Doctoral Fellow
Gigi Pacheco
Research Coordinator
Doctoral Researchers
Sebastián Gallegos, Ph.D.
Academic Collaborator
Rohen Shah
Ph.D. Student, Harris School of Public Policy
Derek Rury, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Eliana Polimeni
Postdoctoral Fellow, Booth School Of Business
Noah Liu, MPP
Ph.D. Student, Harris School of Public Policy

Alumni Spotlight

Join us as we sit down with former students to learn what drives them, what they learned at the BIP Lab, and where they are now.

Jill Gandhi
Brian Louie
Eliana Polimeni
Luis E. Gonzales-Carrasco
Shanika Gunaratna
Ana Dora González-Guerra Núñez
Seoyeon Choi
Abigail Eskenazi

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Student Research Assistant Opportunities

Undergraduate and graduate students interested in working with the BIP Lab can assist in a variety of ways. For example, our students help collect data at local research sites, audit data, and contribute to the preparation of research materials and presentations. This role provides students with a valuable opportunity to gain experience in field research and data collection. To learn about any opportunities that may be available and to express interest in assisting with the BIP Lab’s projects, please complete and submit the RA Application Form.

RA Application Form 

The Susan E. Mayer Award for Excellence in Field Research was established in 2022 to recognize student research assistants who demonstrate the highest standards in research implementation. All research assistants who work at the BIP Lab for at least one full quarter qualify to be nominated for this annual award. Awardees are announced each Spring.

Susan E. Mayer Award for Excellence in Field Research

Doctoral Student Opportunities

PhD students are integral to research design, data analysis, and dissemination of the results of the BIP Lab’s work. Doctoral students, postdoctoral scholars, and research staff collaborate with professors and co-directors Kalil and Mayer to design and implement the research, and prepare manuscripts and reports for peer review.

Please email Professor Ariel Kalil, Co-Director of the BIP Lab at akalil@uchicago.edu to discuss joining our doctoral or postdoctoral team.

Postdoctoral Researcher Application

Career Opportunities

A team of talented professional research staff is central to conducting our research. Open positions are listed below. We welcome your application and if we do not have openings listed, we hope you continue to check back. 

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