PPI Student Group, Class of 2017
May 09, 2017
Shane Murphy, President
Shane is graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in Economics and Public Policy. In addition to serving on the Executive Board for PPISG, Shane worked as a research assistant on regulatory policy to Professor and Wharton PPI Faculty Affiliate Cary Coglianese at Penn Law School.
In the summer of 2014, Shane interned at the Allegheny County Council, and in 2015, worked on the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis at the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Shane and several PPISG members published an independent research project in the spring of 2016 titled, “Setting the Curve: Ranking College by Economic Value Add.” Using the College Scorecard released by the Obama Administration in 2015, the student research team created a model by which they could objectively rank colleges by their economic value. The intention of the report was to help students identify which universities would provide the biggest boost to their income.
Other articles authored by Shane for Wonk Tank, the PPISG student blog, include:
- Fiscal Policy Primer
- Monetary Policy Primer
- Opinion: The Trans-Pacific Partnership Must Address Currency Manipulation
- Israeli Settlement of the West Bank
- The U.S. Economy Contracted in the First Quarter. It’s Symptomatic of a Larger Problem with International Trade
- Democrats and Republicans: Whether Or Not You Like the TPP, Stop Holding Fast Track and TAA Hostage
- Only Unfunded Government Spending Can Save Us
- The Most Worrisome Chart in Economics Today
- Fixing Social Security in Two Simple Steps
Trudel Pare, Director of Health, Education, and Welfare team
During her tenure as a student in Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences, Trudel enjoyed an impressive range of professional experiences that have helped her develop a keen understanding of the challenges facing healthcare policymakers.
In the summer of her freshman year, Trudel interned at CF Health Advisors, an independent healthcare consulting firm, where she performed research on many topics relating to Medicaid, Medicare, the Affordable Care Act, and other aspects of the healthcare system for both payees and providers. Trudel stayed with the firm as a Policy Analyst until May 2015, when she went on to intern with the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) in DC. In October 2015, Trudel began volunteering with Service Link, a community based program through Penn’s Center for Public Health Initiatives that assists low-income Philadelphians in securing basic living and health needs.
Alongside her breadth of work in healthcare, Trudel found the time to dedicate herself to another project close to her heart. Like many people around the country, Trudel felt that, after the most recent presidential election, she needed to become more politically active. The only issue was that, while often involved in policy research, Trudel was not entirely sure where to start when it came to political activism. To help herself and others like her, Trudel cofounded the Penn Congressional Call Center. As she states, “The Center aims to create a space that serves as both a resource and a guide for students who are looking to make change but do not know the best practices in reaching their representatives.” The larger hope of the PCCC is to create a permanent space on campus that breaks down intimidating aspects of activism by providing a safe and friendly outlet for becoming politically involved, bringing students of all political affiliations closer to their government.
Example articles edited by Trudel for the Wonk Tank blog include:
- Impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership on the Healthcare Industry
- A Critical Look at Pennsylvania Charter Schools
- Confronting Fears of the Obamacare Death Spiral
Louis Davis, Director of Trade and Foreign Policy
Louis has served as the Director of the Trade and Foreign Policy Team for PPISG since Fall 2015.
Louis’ primary functional areas of research include arms control, international trade, and international law, while his regional interests include Latin America (with a focus on U.S.-Cuba relations) and East Asia. Through the Penn in Washington Program in Spring 2016, Louis interned at the U.S. Department of State within the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, focusing on biological weapon proliferation issues. He has also interned with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Cuba Desk and on the Hill with Representative Lois Frankel (D-FL), who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Louis’ interest in U.S.-Cuba relations began during his freshman year, when an academic immersion trip took him to the island. “US-Cuba relations have been a passion of mine since freshman year. More broadly, I am interested in international trade, a field directly relevant to my summer internship at the DOC.” Through his internships in D.C., Davis has been able to better understand first-hand the various economic challenges and opportunities the island faces as U.S.-Cuba relations continue to normalize.
Example articles authored by Louis for the Wonk Tank blog include:
- Colombia’s Misguided Peace
- Russian Military Intervention in Syria
- Catalonia: The Long Goodbye
- Syrian Refugee Crisis: A True Test for the EU
- American Business Interests & Entrepreneurial Activity in Cuba: Past, Present, and Future
- Freiheit and the Presidency
- The Strictly Conditional Effects of Conditional Cash Transfers
- The Country Behind the History: Why Japan’s Military Makes Sense
- Combating the Smog in Beijing: Following in Los Angeles’ Footsteps?
- Paying It Forward: Attempts to Increase Tax Compliance in Italy
- Campaign Trail Begins for 2017 French Presidential Elections
- Mining for Prosperity in Sub-Saharan Africa
- The New Iron Curtain: Negotiating with Theatre States
- Today’s Hong Kong, Tomorrow’s Taiwan
- The Not So Peaceful Reality of UN Peacekeeping
- China and the Trans-Pacific Partnership
- ISIS Targets Distant Land for the First Time
- Cybersecurity: A Pressing Concern
- Jeremy Corbyn: EU Savior?
- Outsourcing Latin American Justice: Balancing People and their Power
- The Ethics of the Syrian Refugee Crisis
Joe Kiernan, Director of Energy, Environment, and Infrastructure Policy
Joe is particularly interested in international development, energy policy, and infrastructure. He believes that policy innovation can create real and beneficial change domestically and internationally. Apart from his leadership role with PPISG, Joe co-chairs the Penn Forum for Legislative Action, a program dedicated to engaging Penn students in both the legislative and policy-making processes in Washington.
Example articles edited by Joe for the Wonk Tank blog include: