SCEPA's Leadership & Staff

 

 

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Teresa Ghilarducci is the Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) at The New School. She joined The New School after 25 years as a professor of economics at the University of Notre Dame. She has written and lectured extensively on pension issues, including the award-winning book Labor's Capital: The Economics and Politics of Employer Pensions. Dr. Ghilarducci’s most recent books include, When I'm 64: The Plot Against Pensions and the Plan to Save Them and Rescuing Retirement with Tony James. She frequently publishes in refereed journals and testifies before the U.S. Congress. Dr. Ghilarducci was the 2006–‘08 Wurf Fellow at Harvard Law School and her research has been funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, U.S. Department of Labor, Ford Foundation, and Retirement Research Foundation. She serves as a public trustee for the Health Care VEBAs for UAW Retirees of General Motors and for the USW retirees for Goodyear. She served on the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation's Advisory Board from 1996 to 2001 and on the Board of Trustees of the State of Indiana Public Employees' Retirement Fund from 1996 to 2002. Her recent book manuscript is under review and is partially summarized in her 2021 essay in Politics & Society, “Making Old People Work: Three False Assumptions Supporting the “Working Longer Consensus.”


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Eva Conway is the Deputy Director of the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA) at The New School. Her past experience is in the fields of fiscal policy, humanitarian relief, and institutional development. Most recently, she was a senior research associate and program officer at a family philanthropy. Eva recevied a bachelor's degree in international affairs from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C and a master's degree in the same from Columbia University. 


Audra Aucoin HeadshotThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Communications and Administrative Associate

Audra Aucoin serves as the Communications and Administrative Associate at SCEPA and holds the position of Grants Manager and Analyst at the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET). Prior to rejoining SCEPA, she held the role of SCEPA's Assistant Director of Administration & Visual Design. She's worked at Second Harvest Food Bank in Orange County as a Grant Writer and Development Supervisor. In addition to her professional responsibilities, Audra volunteers at the City Harvest Food Bank and serves as the Communications Co-chair for PEAK Grantmaking's Northeast chapter. Aucoin's academic background includes a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and a master's degree in Economics from The New School for Social Research.


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Siavash Radpour earned his PhD in economics from the New School for Social Research in 2020. His research focuses on the effects of the retirement system and aging on wealth and income inequality, wellbeing, and economic growth and redistribution. Previously, he worked as a Research Associate for the Retirement Equity Lab. He received his MA in economics and business from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands and Corvinus University of Budapest. He is currently an Associate Professor at Stockton University.  


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Bridget Fisher is a researcher and communications specialist with a background in government and public affairs. Before joining SCEPA, she was a senior press officer in The New School’s communications department working with social science departments across the university. She came to higher education from government. In New York, she served as chief of staff for a member of the New York City Council and director of communications for the Working Families Party. On Capitol Hill, she served as press secretary and legislative assistant for a member of the U.S. Congress. Bridget graduated from American University in Washington, D.C., with a bachelor's degree in public communication and women’s studies. She received her master's degree in public administration with a focus on urban economic development from CUNY's Baruch College. She is currently a PhD candidate in Rutgers' Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 


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Tony Webb is a widely recognized expert in retirement planning and policy. Prior to joining SCEPA, Dr. Webb was a senior research economist at Boston College’s Center for Retirement Research, and a senior research analyst at the International Longevity Center. He completed his PhD in economics from the University of California, San Diego. His research interests include the impact of pension type on the retirement age, the financing of long-term care, and the management of the process of asset decumulation.


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Christopher D. Cook is an author and award-winning journalist based in San Francisco. His writing has appeared in national publications such as Harper's, the Los Angeles Times, The Atlantic, The Economist, The Guardian, Mother Jones, The Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Progressive, and Columbia Journalism Review among others. His first book, Diet for a Dead Planet: Big Business and the Coming Food Crisis, was widely praised and went to paperback in 2006. His work has been published in numerous anthologies. In 1998 he won an Aronson Award for an investigative report on welfare agencies requiring recipients to work in dangerous meatpacking plants. Other honors include a 2001 Project Censored Award, finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, and two-time finalist for the Livingston Award. He has also worked as a reporter for The Oakland Tribune and United Press International, and as city editor for The San Francisco Bay Guardian. 


forden  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Research Analyst

Jessica Forden is a Research Analyst at SCEPA where she focuses primarily on eldercare research. Prior to joining SCEPA she was a Senior Manager of Research for the Impact Lab at the TIME'S UP Foundation and Senior Associate at the Roosevelt Institute. Her past work has explored issues in labor, gender and racial inequality, and public policy more broadly, including work on monopsony labor markets, occupational segregation, and the economic effects of paid leave policies. Jessica received her bachelor's in economics from Wellesley College, and her master's degree in economics from The New School.