The Bush School’s Dr. Joanna N. Lahey has earned the distinguished Presidential Impact Fellows Award, becoming one of twenty Texas A&M University faculty members to join the 2021 cohort. Created in 2017 by former President Young, the award recognizes accomplished faculty who hold promise of becoming world-changers in their respective fields and demonstrate Texas A&M’s commitment to advancing knowledge through transformational learning, discovery, and innovation.
“Dr. Lahey is one of the world’s leading experts on age discrimination and an innovator in the measurement of labor market discrimination more broadly,” said Dr. Lori Taylor, Head of the Department of Public Service and Administration. “I couldn’t be more pleased that Texas A&M University has recognized her contributions to the academic community and the potential of her work to affect meaningful social change.”
Dr. Joanna Lahey came to the Bush School in 2006 after receiving her doctorate in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). As the resident expert on the economics of aging, she has published groundbreaking work on the subject and received attention from leading media outlets for her research. Dr. Lahey also strives to give students the skills necessary to critically understand quantitative research and to separate their opinions from empirical evidence or theory. She is the recipient of the 2006 W. E. Upjohn Dissertation award for best dissertation on an employment-related issue and is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER).
Presidential Impact Fellows receive a stipend of $25,000 annually for three years and retain the title as long as they remain upstanding faculty members at Texas A&M. Each college selects nominees for the fellowship through an internal process, and a Provost review committee evaluates candidates for adherence to the selection criteria. Seventy-five faculty members over the past five years have been designated Presidential Impact Fellows.
“I am grateful that the University supports the important research being done in the Bush School, and I look forward to broadening our understanding of labor markets,” said Lahey.
By Micaela Burrow