The Research Team

Principal Investigators


Annie Harper, (Ph.D., Yale, Anthropology) is an Instructor at the Program for Recovery and Community Health, in the Yale School of Medicine. She conducts research on how vulnerable populations, particularly low income people with mental illness, cope with poverty and financial difficulties, and how to support them in this area. She is particularly interested in understanding how the financial services and retail industries could better serve low income people generally, and people with mental illness in particular. She is committed to combining rigorous research with practical work that makes a difference now, to which end she works closely with the City of New Haven and the broader community’s efforts to provide support to low income residents struggling with financial difficulties. She is originally from the UK, but has lived for many years in New Haven with her husband, who is originally from Pakistan, and their three children.


Tommaso Bardelli, (Ph.D., Yale, Political Science) is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, where he is a Research Fellow with the Prison Education Program. His research explores how financial debt shapes the everyday lives of marginalized people in the United States, and how it intersects with the carceral state.




Katherine Kwok. I am an economics PhD student at the University of Wisconsin Madison, with research interests in socioeconomic inequality and intergenerational mobility. Prior to joining UW-M, I worked as a research assistant for Professor John Erick Humphries and Professor Yusuke Narita at Yale University, on housing evictions, gender dynamics in gig economies, and the impact of population aging on election outcomes. I completed my bachelor’s degree at Swarthmore College with a political science major and minors in economics and computer science.


Research Assistants


Dana Kim. My name is Dana Kim and I am currently a sophomore undergraduate student studying Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (MCDB) and Psychology on the neuroscience track. My primary academic interests lie in medicine, but I am a firm believer in that public health is not possible without social welfare. On campus, I am also a Community Health Educator and write for several undergraduate publications. Outside of school, I love going to the beach with my friends (when the world is not going through a pandemic, of course) and playing with my family’s new puppy.

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