Cortes Reappointed as IZA Fellow

May 12, 2015

Dr. Kalena Cortes

Dr. Kalena Cortes, assistant professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, Texas A&M University, has been reappointed as Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA), Bonn, Germany, for three additional years until June 30, 2018.  Cortes was originally appointed as a fellow in July 2003.

Established in 1998 in Bonn, Germany, IZA is a private independent economic research institute focused on the analysis of global labor markets.  It operates an international network of about 1,300 economists and researchers spanning more than forty-five countries, and facilitates communication between academic science and political practice.

Fellows are selected based on their research and their visibility in the profession and are allowed to distribute their research through IZA. Because of the Institute’s reputation, these working papers often have major impact in the media and wide circulation.

Cortes holds a PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and has published extensively on the economics of education and economic demography.  Her current research focuses on policies relating to curriculum reform, diversity and higher education, and educational achievement of immigrant children in the United States.  In addition to her IZA fellowship, Cortes is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and has been a visiting scholar at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education, the National Bureau of Economic Research, and Princeton University.  For the 2013-14 school year, she was a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Center for Education Policy Analysis.

Dr. Arnold Vedlitz, Bush School executive associate dean, said this reappointment recognizes Cortes’ standing as a scholar of international reputation.

“Renewal of this prestigious fellowship confirms the importance of Dr. Cortes’ research to the wider international community,” Vedlitz said. “Our students also benefit from this appointment as it enables them to learn from someone widely recognized as an expert in the economics of education,” he added.


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