Project staff

Michael Mueller-Smith Mike Mueller-Smith, Director
Mike is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Michigan and a Faculty Associate in the Population Studies Center. His research examines topics related to the economics of crime, discrimination, and public assistance programs. He is currently working on studying the household spillovers of the criminal justice system, court deferral programs, felony disenfranchisement and safety net bans resulting from felony drug convictions. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from Columbia University.
Keith Finlay Keith Finlay, Co-Director
Keith is a labor economist at the U.S. Census Bureau, where he uses administrative records to increase the quality of federal statistical products. He received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Irvine. He previously held an appointment as an Assistant Professor of Economics at Tulane University. He has published research on the economics of the crime, family structure, and illegal drug use.
Jordan Papp Jordan Papp, Project Manager
Jordan received his Ph.D. from the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Cincinnati. During his graduate studies, Jordan managed projects at the University of Cincinnati Correction Institute and worked as a statistical analyst at Michigan State University.
Diana Sutton Diana Sutton, Project Manager
Diana spent over 20 years in a career with the Michigan Department of Corrections before joining CJARS, the ladder part of which was spent as the records administrator for the agency. Diana’s has a BS in criminal justice from Wayne State University and a MS in Public Administration from Central Michigan University.
Brittany Street Brittany Street, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Brittany is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan in the Population Studies Center. Her research focuses primarily on the economics of crime, discrimination, and education. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from Texas A&M.
Elizabeth Lu Elizabeth Luh, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Elizabeth received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Houston. Her research examines topics related to labor and public economics with a focus on the economics of crime and discrimination.
Lauren Tingwall Lauren Tingwall, Research Process Coordinator
Lauren Tingwall received her B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science from Michigan State University. She has worked in Research Administration for over ten years with eight of those being at the University of Michigan. She has supported the CJARS project since early 2018.
Jay Choi
Jay Choi
Research Assistant
Josh Kim
Josh Kim
Research Assistant
     

Current students

James Reeves
James Reeves
Graduate Student Research Assistant
Benjamin Pyle
Benjamin Pyle
Graduate Student Research Assistant
David Smith
David Smith
Undergraduate Research Assistant
Madeleine Danes
Madeleine Danes, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Neel Shah
Neel Shah,
Summer Intern
Lyllian Simerly
Lyllian Simmerly,
Undergraduate Research Assistant

CJARS alumni

Shaeq Ahmed, Undergraduate Research Assistant Luis Baldomero-Quintana, Graduate Student Research Assistant Lauren Lee, Undergraduate Research Assistant
Ellen Stuart, Graduate Student   Research Assistant Matt VanEseltine, Project Manager Peixin Yang, Research Assistant
Kenna Garrison, Graduate  Student Research Assistant Francis Fiore, Undergraduate Research Assistant Matthew Gross, Graduate Student Research Assistant
Susan Parker, Graduate Student Research Assistant