College of Social Sciences and Humanities Professor Denise Garcia earned the 2018 University Excellence in Teaching Award at Northeastern University because of her passion for students on both the academic and human level. ..
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Ph.D., 2014, Applied Economics and Management
Catalina Herrera received her PhD in applied economics from Cornell University. Her main field of research is development economics, with a primary focus on the microeconometric analysis of population, health and education issues in Sub Saharan Africa and Latin America. As a Hewlett Foundation/IIE PhD Dissertation Fellow, she studied: i) the causal impact of teenage pregnancy on young women’s schooling and cognitive skills in Madagascar as well as the role of reproductive health policies in increasing female human capital; ii) the role of maternal cognitive ability in improving children’s health in Madagascar and iii) the determinants of internal migration among young people in Senegal. Catalina holds a B A and MA in economics from the Universidad de los Andes (Bogota, Colombia). She has worked for the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, in Washington D.C., and the Public Policy Evaluation Directorate in Colombia’s Ministry of National Planning.