Visiting Fellows Program Visiting Fellows Program

The Boston Fed Regional & Community Outreach (R&CO) Visiting Fellows Program supports a cohort of external scholars dedicated to advancing scholarly and policy-relevant research in areas related to R&CO's work.

This year's fellows will pursue research related to the 2022 R&CO Fellowship theme: Equitable Employment in a Post-Pandemic Economy, which they will each study from a different angle.

Announcing the 2022 Visiting Fellows

  • Dr. Julie Cai joins us from the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR). She will investigate work-hour instability during the pandemic, especially how it impacts low-wage workers, single parents, women, and people of color.
  • Dr. Shirin Mollah from Loyola Marymount University will use Burning Glass data to analyze current labor market conditions, including wages and benefits such as tuition reimbursement, compared to the pre-pandemic time period.
  • Dr. Kimberly Lucas from the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs at Northeastern University will study the retirement needs, challenges, and barriers that early childhood educators encounter and will also explore potential policy options to provide retirement plans to these essential workers.

The fellows will meet throughout the year as a cohort to workshop and present their research to R&CO. Towards the end of their engagement, they will each produce and publish an original Boston Fed Community Development issue brief on their findings.

For more information about the Visiting Fellows program or to express potential interest in a future fellowship position, contact: