Students

The capstone course to CMC’s public policy major is Econ/Gov 100 “Policy Lab.” This course is team taught by government and economics faculty, in collaboration with a policy professional, and is focused on policy research and writing. Students learn the essentials of policy writing, become excellent consumers of social science, and apply research methods to real-world policy projects. Our experiential learning approach accelerates student learning by bringing professional data-driven policy research into the classroom. 

Lab Managers are hired from previous classes, and represent some of our most talented policy students. They assist in classroom and  work with affiliated faculty on policy projects. In addition to the Policy Lab course, we have many students working with faculty and partners on policy projects throughout the year. 

Students interested in enrolling in the Policy Lab course, or working as research assistants, please contact Prof. Courser. 

SPRING 2020 LAB MANAGERS

Zane Tolchinsky

Zane Tolchinsky

Lab Manager

CMC Class of 2020
Majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Projects:

  • R Street Congressional Earmarks Project
  • CREW Payday Lending Services and State-Level Financial Regulation Project
Melanie Wolfe

Melanie Wolfe

Lab Manager

CMC Class of 2020
Majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Projects:

  • R Street Congressional Earmarks Project
  • Multi-District Litigation Project
  • CREW Payday Lending Services and State-Level Financial Regulation Project
Zane Tolchinsky

Zane Tolchinsky

Lab Manager

CMC Class of 2020
Majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Projects:

  • R Street Congressional Earmarks Project
  • CREW Payday Lending Services and State-Level Financial Regulation Project
Melanie Wolfe

Melanie Wolfe

Lab Manager

CMC Class of 2020
Majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Projects:

  • R Street Congressional Earmarks Project
  • Multi-District Litigation Project
  • CREW Payday Lending Services and State-Level Financial Regulation Project

FALL 2019 LAB MANAGERS

Jenny Gurev

Jenny Gurev

Lab Manager

CMC Class of 2020
Majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Projects:

  • Bipartisan Policy Center Medicaid Primary Care Project
  • R Street Congressional Earmarks Project
Ariana Kemp

Ariana Kemp

Lab Manager

CMC Class of 2020
Majoring in International Relations with a focus in Security Studies

Projects:

  • R Street Congressional Earmarks Project
  • Bipartisan Policy Center Medicaid Primary Care Project
  • Steve Bullock for President Automation in the American Workplace Project
  • Brookings Institute Trump Speech Content Analysis
  • Los Angeles Mayor’s Office City-level International Migration Policy Project
Jenny Gurev

Jenny Gurev

Lab Manager

CMC Class of 2020
Majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics

Projects:

  • Bipartisan Policy Center Medicaid Primary Care Project
  • R Street Congressional Earmarks Project
Ariana Kemp

Ariana Kemp

Lab Manager

CMC Class of 2020
Majoring in International Relations with a focus in Security Studies

Projects:

  • R Street Congressional Earmarks Project
  • Bipartisan Policy Center Medicaid Primary Care Project
  • Steve Bullock for President Automation in the American Workplace Project
  • Brookings Institute Trump Speech Content Analysis
  • Los Angeles Mayor’s Office City-level International Migration Policy Project

2019-20 RESEARCH ASSISTANTS

Raj Bhutoria
CMC Class of 2022
Multi-District Litigation Project
Funded by CMC’s Financial Economics Institute

Sohrab Dubash
CMC Class of 2022
Funded by CMC’s Financial Economics Institute

Tobin Hansen
CMC Class of 2020
Multi-District Litigation Project

Scott Mowat
CMC Class of 2021
Multi-District Litigation Project

Sahana Narayan
CMC Class of 2023
Funded by CMC’s Financial Economics Institute

Karina Park
CMC Class of 2022
Funded by CMC’s Financial Economics Institute

Mia Prine
CMC Class of 2020
Multi-District Litigation Project

Guillermo Santos
CMC Class of 2022
Multi-District Litigation Project
Funded by CMC’s Financial Economics Institute

Hallie Spear
CMC Class of 2022
Multi-District Litigation Project

Vin Srikanth
CMC Class of 2020
Multi-District Litigation Project

Melanie Wolfe
CMC Class of 2020
Multi-District Litigation Project

David Ying
CMC Class of 2021
Majoring in Economics, Finance, and Spanish
Multi-District Litigation Project

Raj Bhutoria
CMC Class of 2022
Multi-District Litigation Project
Funded by CMC’s Financial Economics Institute

Sohrab Dubash
CMC Class of 2022
Funded by CMC’s Financial Economics Institute

Tobin Hansen
CMC Class of 2020
Multi-District Litigation Project

Scott Mowat
CMC Class of 2021
Multi-District Litigation Project

Sahana Narayan
CMC Class of 2023
Funded by CMC’s Financial Economics Institute

Karina Park
CMC Class of 2022
Funded by CMC’s Financial Economics Institute

Mia Prine
CMC Class of 2020
Multi-District Litigation Project

Guillermo Santos
CMC Class of 2022
Multi-District Litigation Project
Funded by CMC’s Financial Economics Institute

Hallie Spear
CMC Class of 2022
Multi-District Litigation Project

Vin Srikanth
CMC Class of 2020
Multi-District Litigation Project

Melanie Wolfe
CMC Class of 2020
Multi-District Litigation Project

David Ying
CMC Class of 2021
Majoring in Economics, Finance, and Spanish
Multi-District Litigation Project