Contact Current Students

Adibah Abdulhadi– I am a fourth-year student from Malaysia. I did my undergraduate studies at the University of Washington in Seattle. Before coming to Madison, I worked for a few years at a research institute in Kuala Lumpur. My area of interest is public economics with a focus on education and disability insurance. Please feel free to ask me any questions (e.g., classes, TA and RA work, housing arrangements, weather) and I’ll try my best to answer!

Moshi Alam – Hi! I am a sixth year PhD student from Kolkata, India. My research interests are in labor and public economics revolving around questions pertaining to the economics of discrimination and policy evaluations. I completed my Masters in Economics from the Indian Statistical Institute before starting my PhD here. You can ask me any questions including the research strengths of our department, research or student life in general.

Garrett Anstreicher – I am a third year student and hail from Iowa City, Iowa. I studied English and Economics at Williams College and did RA work for faculty at Michigan for two years before joining the program here. I research issues of geographic and socioeconomic mobility, and I live a bit to the west of the department with my wife and cat. I’m more than happy to answer any questions about my experience in the program thus far, life in Madison, and finding balance while pursuing a doctorate in the married life.

Duong Dang – Hello there! I am a first year student from Vietnam. I did my undergrad at the Australian National University. My research interests are in macroeconomics. I’d be keen to answer any questions about my experiences in the program, first-year coursework, and living in Madison.

Sharada Dharmasankar – I’m a second year student from the great city of Aurora, Illinois. After finishing my undergraduate studies in economics and in English at the University of Chicago, I spent a few years in consulting before working as an RA at the Chicago Fed. My research interests are in labor and IO. Feel free to reach out to me about being a TA, living in Madison, and about the first year coursework and program in general!

Iuliia Dudareva – I am a fourth year PhD student. I am from Russia and have my undergraduate degree from Higher School of Economics. I am interested in macro and labor economics. Also, I live in Eagle Heights (University apartments). Feel free to contact me about the program, university housing, TA or PA experience and life in Madison.

Sam Engle – I am a fourth-year student from Beaverton, Oregon. My area of concentration is econometric theory, with a particular focus on optimal inference.  I majored in Math and Economics as an undergraduate, and completed a Masters in Statistics before joining the PhD program here in Madison.  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you have about the PhD program (especially the first year!), being a TA/PA/RA, or any general questions you may have about living here in Madison.

Rosemary Kaiser – I am a fourth-year student from Indiana and I am interested in macroeconomics and labor economics. I would be glad to answer any questions about the program or about living in Madison.

Cody Kallen – I am a second-year student in the joint program in finance and economics. I majored in economics and math as an undergrad at Washington University in St. Louis. Before coming to UW Madison, I worked for two years in Washington, DC, with a background in tax policy and open-source modeling. I’m interested in macroeconomics, asset pricing, firm dynamics and tax policy.

Greg Kirwin – I’m a first-year student from Philly. Prior to UW, I was an economics/math major at William & Mary, worked at the Federal Trade Commission on antitrust, and earned a master’s in applied mathematics from Northwestern. My main interests are in industrial organization and applications of numerical methods to economics. Feel free to ask me about teaching in your first year, finding housing, or anything else; my email is

Amrita Kulka – I am a fifth year student from Germany and I study public/labor economics. I have an undergraduate degree from HU Berlin and a graduate degree from LMU Munich as well as some work experience at the IFO Institute for Economic Research in Munich. During my graduate studies, I spent a semester at UW-Madison as an exchange student. I have been a TA and an RA in the department and am also affiliated with the interdisciplinary demography center. Feel free to ask me about anything!

Hyunkyoeng Lim – Hi! I’m Hyunkyeong (or just Hyun) and I’m a first year student originally coming from Seoul, South Korea. I have done both my undergrad and master’s in economics at Seoul National University. I have yet to decide my field, but I am mostly interested in applied micro including IO/Labor and econometrics. I would be happy to answer any questions regarding the 1st year experience at UW, life in Madison, life as an international student, or anything else!

April Meehl – I am a second year student in the joint economics and finance program. I grew up in Erie, PA and studied statistics at the University of Pennsylvania. I then worked for two years as a research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. My interests are in macroeconomics and finance, specifically banking. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions about the first two years, the joint program, or anything else!

Minseon Park – I’m a third-year student from Korea. I studied Education and Economics in undergrad and Economics for a master’s degree. I also worked for a research institute (KDI) for one year before joining this program. I’m interested in labor, public and urban economics, especially topics in education. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Arpita Patnaik – Hi! I am a fifth year PhD student from India. I am broadly interested in labor economics and economics of education. I completed my undergraduate studies from the University of Delhi and my Masters from LSE before joining the program. If you have any questions about the first year, TA work, winter or student life, feel free to email me.

Elan Segarra – I’m a fifth year student who grew up in Southern California and am currently studying applied econometrics. My specific research interests include record linkage error, identification in structural models, and graphical causal inference. Happy to answer any questions about my experiences in the program or acclimatizing to winter for those that are also from warmer areas.

Yunhan (Justin) Shin – I am a fouth-year doctoral student from South Korea. My major research interest is banking and finance, specifically, studying impacts of deposit market structure on bank capital structure. For my research, I utilize empirical methods from corporate finance and industrial organization. For teaching responsibility, I have taught numerous classes of macroeconomics, statistics and econometrics. I would be glad to answer any questions regarding the doctoral program at UW-Madison and also can help anyone whose interest is similar to mine.

Mengqi Wang – I am a second-year student from China. I finished my undergrad at Renmin University of China, and my master’s at Peking University before coming to Madison. I am currently interested in international economics and macroeconomics. I would be glad to make new friends and share my first-year experiences here, so if you have any question, feel free to drop me an email at

Anson Zhou – I am a fourth year student from China. I had a bachelor’s degree from the University of Hong Kong, and then got a master’s degree from New York University before coming to Madison. My research interest is macroeconomics and labor economics. I would be happy to share things I know about life as an econ PhD student.