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Maxwell PAIA Welcomes New Faculty

Dr. Ying Shi will conduct research in the Center for Policy Research

This fall, as new students arrive at the Maxwell School, the Public Administration and International Affairs (PAIA) Department will also welcome three new scholars to its faculty.

We are pleased to introduce our newest PAIA Faculty Members:  Professors Ying Shi, Emily Wiemers, and Johannes Himmelreich. Each is a rising scholar in their respective field and brings a wealth of teaching and research experience across a wide range of social science and public affairs disciplines to the Maxwell School.


Ying Shi
PhD, Public Policy (Economics Concentration), Duke University
M.Sc., Economics and Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science
B.A., Mathematical Economic Analysis and Visual Arts, Rice University

Ying Shi is a microeconomist who specializes in the economics of education and labor markets.  Her research investigates the causes and consequences of human capital disparities and evaluate policies’ effectiveness in bridging existing gaps.  Her other research interests include examining the effect of local politics, governance, and leadership on educational outcomes.  Ying is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Education Policy Analysis at Stanford University.

Ying will find her Maxwell scholarly home as a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research.


Dr. Emily Weimers will conduct research in the Aging Studies Institute

Emily Wiemers
PhD, Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, Economics, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, Finance, University College Dublin
BA, Economics and History, Brown University

Emily Wiemers is an economist specializing in labor economics and demography.  She focuses her studies on changes over time in economic well-being and the role of the family and intergenerational ties in mitigating the effects of economic insecurity.  Emily’s areas of expertise include labor and demographic economics, the economics of aging, household behavior and family economics, and health economics.  Emily is currently an Associate Professor of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

Emily will conduct research in the Aging Studies Institute, a collaborative initiative of the Maxwell School and the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.


Professor Himmelreich will find his scholarly home in the Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Johannes Himmelreich
PhD, Philosophy, London School of Economics and Political Science
M.Sc, Philosophy and Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science
BA, Philosophy and Economics, Bayreuth University

Johannes Himmelreich is a trained philosopher who studies political philosophy, applied ethics, and issues related to human agency and moral responsibility.  Johannes has recently conducted research related to the applied ethics of autonomous systems and machine learning and has written extensively about the politics and ethics of self-driving cars.  His areas of specialization also include: the philosophy of social science, decision theory, and philosophy of mind.  Johannes is currently the Interdisciplinary Ethics Fellow at the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford University.

Johannes will also serve as a Senior Research Associate in the Campbell Public Affairs Institute.

Ying, Emily, and Johannes will join the PAIA Department’s nationally and internationally-renowned faculty in Fall 2019.   PAIA faculty members are scholars and practitioners of public policy and international affairs from around the world who combine groundbreaking research with award-winning teaching and student advising.  Visit the PAIA Faculty Page to learn more about members of our faculty.

We look forward to welcoming Ying, Emily, and Johannes to the Maxwell School Scholarly Community.

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