Dan L. Ma

I am a son of Vietnamese refugees, first-generation college graduate, member of the LGBTQ+ community, former Pell Grant recipient, product of Title I schools, and empirical social scientist.

I am pursuing my Ph.D in Public Policy (Economics Track) at Harvard University starting in the Fall of 2024 as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

From 2023-2024, I completed graduate-level economics and education coursework at Stanford University as a Stanford Graduate Fellowship and Enhancing Diversity in Graduate Education Fellowship Recipient.

I was previously a Predoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School working with Professor Will Dobbie and Professor Crystal Yang on Reducing Racial Bias in Bail Decisions. 

My mission is to help students attain the opportunities and education they deserve. I engage in economics research to inform policymakers and community leaders about the institutional changes that are needed to achieve equity and to combat discrimination. One of my goals is to foster academic environments that enable all students to thrive, especially those who continue to face social and economics barriers to such rights. Dan Ma