Anita joined the Carsey School of Public Policy in 2017 as a Research Assistant with the Vulnerable Families Research Program. Anita works on a variety of projects including understanding work and family in rural America and looking at the relationship between food insecurity and poverty. Anita received her B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Anita’s primary interests are in poverty and inequality, welfare policy, work-family balance, and education. Her dissertation, “Welfare Reform, Education and Inequality: A Closer Look at Welfare Recipients in the California Community Colleges” used a statistical matching technique to isolate the impact of the California cash assistance program (CalWORKs) on the academic success and labor market outcomes of California Community College students.
Anita returned from California to her home town of Durham, NH to raise her daughter and take care of aging parents. In addition to working part-time at Carsey, Anita also does charitable fundraising work as founder of the Oyster River Alumni Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides annual student scholarships and classroom project grants in the Oyster River Cooperative School District of Durham, Lee and Madbury, New Hampshire.