Marlena Eley

Position title: Ph.D. Student

Pronouns: Pronouns: she/her/hers


6445 Social Science

Hey there! I’m a third-year student interested in macro. While originally from Fullerton, CA, I’ve lived in New York and DC where I earned my BA in econ from Barnard (’16), my MS in econ from Georgetown (’20) and worked in consulting before landing here at UW. I began the program thinking I was going to end up in labor but found my way into macro, where I study student loans. I’d be more than happy to talk about figuring out your field, working with professors, what it’s like to TA in the first year (and beyond), as well as the transition to, and life in, Madison. Feel free to email me at