GWIPP Research Assistants


Anju Chopra

Anju Chopra is a second-year MPP student with a concentration in urban policy.  She is primarily interested in community and economic development issues, and is currently assisting Dr. Catherine Collins and Dr. Patricia Atkins with the Significant Features of the Property Tax project.  Prior to enrolling at the Trachtenberg School, Anju worked as an attorney at a variety of nonprofit organizations and legal firms.  She holds a JD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan.

Stefanie Costa

Stefanie Costa is a third-year PhD student in Political Science with concentrations in both comparative politics and American politics. Her own research concerns the professionalization of legislators in the European Parliament and the legislative and electoral politics of the European Union in general. At GWIPP her current focus is a project analyzing the policy impact of DC’s lack of Congressional representation.

Sarah Ficenec

Sarah Ficenec is a PhD candidate specializing in Urban Policy, and her dissertation is on"Economic Development Policy Making in Rust Belt Regions: Using Social Network Analysis to Study Cooperation and Collaboration."  She works with Dr. Hal Wolman on projects looking at regional economic governance, networks, and resiliency.  Sarah most recently worked as Associate Director for Policy and Communications at the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and remains affiliated with the Center as a Senior Fellow for Urban Policy and a mentor in its Presidential Fellows Program.  She has a Masters in Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Arts in economics and history from Creighton University.

Katherine Hartman

Katherine Hartman is an MPA student interested in community/ economic development.  She is currently assisting Dr. Andrew Reamer with the Improving Federal Economic Statistics project.  Prior to joining GWIPP, Katherine worked at an architectural firm involved in numerous downtown revitalization projects and contributed to Main Street efforts in York, Pennsylvania.  She holds a bachelor's degree in English from Roanoke College.

Diana Hincapie

Diana Hincapie is a PhD student with a concentration in urban and social policy. She is currently working with Drs. Hal Wolman and Garry Young on a project regarding fiscal illusion of the property tax. Before joining GWIPP, she worked as a Junior Professional Associate at the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Unit of the World Bank. She also worked as a Teaching Assistant and as a Research Assistant at the Center of Economic Development Studies (CEDE) from Los Andes University in Bogota, Colombia. Diana earned a Master’s Degree in Economics with a concentration in Public Policy and Social Economy and a B.Sc. in Economics from Los Andes University, Bogotá, Colombia.

Christopher Kiehl

Christopher Kiehl is a first-year Ph.D. student in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in health policy. He is currently working on the Significant Features of the Property Tax project. Prior to joining GWIPP, he earned a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve University, and an M.S. in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

Rosa (Hyun Kyong) Lee

Rosa Lee is a first-year doctoral student in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration. She recently worked for Embassy of the Republic of Korea as a legislative researcher. Her main interests lie in urban and metropolitan planning, economic development planning, regional governance, and decision making processes.  Rosa’s graduation project includes gathering and organizing economic development agency data in all 50 states to find out how different states are structured for their economic development systems. Rosa is hoping that her future research path develops along with her interest while working with other professional researchers. She received a BA in Political Science and International Relations at Korea University in Seoul, Korea. She earned Master's of Urban and Regional Planning Program at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Lisa Lowry

Kari Nelson

Kari Nelson is a PhD student focusing on Program Evaluation and, in particular, the evaluation of International Development projects. Her previous work has focused primarily on Africa. She received her MA in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University. With GWIPP, she is currently working with Garry Young on a research project regarding the diffusion of policies restricting the restraint of pregnant prisoners with shackles during childbirth.

Geoffrey Propheter

Geoffrey Propheter is a PhD student whose research interests are state and local property and sales tax, economic development, sports and public policy, state politics, and philosophical dimensions of policy and taxation. He earned a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy and a Master's degree in Public Policy from Sacramento State University and a Master's degree in Philosophy from San Jose State University.

Eric Stokan

Eric Stokan is a first-year Ph.D. student in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in urban policy, focusing on regional and municipal economic development, at the George Washington University. He is currently working on the Significant Features of the Property Tax project with a focus on incentives for economic development. Prior to joining GWIPP, Eric served as Survey Lab Manager at the University of Baltimore after heading the Economic Development Unit at the Center for Urban Studies at Wayne State University. He graduated from Wayne State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in political science.