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Project staff

Mike Mueller-Smith, Director
Mike is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan and a Faculty Associate in the Population Studies Center. His research examines topics related to the economics of crime, discrimination, and public assistance programs. He is currently working on studying the household spillovers of the criminal justice system, court deferral programs, felony disenfranchisement and safety net bans resulting from felony drug convictions. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.
Keith Finlay, Co-Director
Keith is a labor economist at the U.S. Census Bureau, where he uses administrative records to increase the quality of federal statistical products. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Irvine. He previously held an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Tulane University. He has published research on the economics of the crime, family structure, and illegal drug use.
Jordan Papp, Project Manager
Jordan received his Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. During his graduate studies, Jordan managed projects at the University of Cincinnati Corrections Institute and worked as a statistical analyst at Michigan State University.
Diana Sutton, Project Manager
Diana spent over 20 years in a career with the Michigan Department of Corrections before joining CJARS, the latter part of which was spent as the records administrator for the agency. Diana has a BS in criminal justice from Wayne State University and a MS in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.
Ashley Gross, Project Manager
Ashley has a BA in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Pre-Law from Florida Memorial University and a MS in Kinesiology from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining CJARS, he worked in both customer service and project management oriented roles for the mortgage lending company Rocket Mortgage for seven years.
Elizabeth Luh, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Elizabeth received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Houston. Her research examines topics related to labor and public economics with a focus on the economics of crime and discrimination.

Jay Choi
Research Assistant

Brian Miller
Research Assistant

Konstantine Wade
Research Assistant

Tyler Shea
Research Assistant

Current students

James Reeves
Graduate Student Research Assistant

Luke Reuter
Undergraduate Student Research Assistant

Benjamin Pyle
Graduate Student Research Assistant


Affiliated researchers

Brittany Street, University of Missouri Jen Doleac, Texas A&M University Manasi Deshpande, University of Chicago
Russell Weinstein, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Kevin Schnepel, Simon Fraser University

CJARS alumni

Shaeq Ahmed, Undergraduate Research Assistant Luis Baldomero-Quintana, Graduate Student Research Assistant Lauren Lee, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Ellen Stuart, Graduate Student   Research Assistant Matt VanEseltine, Project Manager Peixin Yang, Research Assistant
Kenna Garrison, Graduate  Student Research Assistant Francis Fiore, Undergraduate Research Assistant Matthew Gross, Graduate Student Research Assistant
Susan Parker, Graduate Student Research Assistant Madeleine Danes, Undergraduate Student Research Assistant Neel Shah, Undergraduate Student Research Assistant
David Smith, Undergraduate Student Research Assistant Lyllian Simerly, Undergraduate Student Research Assistant Mary Quiroga, Graduate Student Research Assistant
Josh Kim, Research Assistant Luke Reuter, Undergraduate Student Research Assistant Manav Bhatia, Undergraduate Student Research Assistant
Arkey Barnett, Graduate Student Research Assistant