I am a doctoral candidate in Public Administration at The Maxwell School of Syracuse University and a Graduate Associate at the Center for Policy Research, where I work with Sarah Hamersma and Amy Ellen Schwartz. I am a multidisciplinary scholar interested in applying experimental and quasi-experimental methods to evaluate programs that target children’s well-being. I also have a secondary interest in state and local public finance.

My dissertation examines the design and implementation of food assistance programs in the United States as they pertain to children’s nutritional intake, food preferences, and food security, and their implications for racial and and socioeconomic disparities in program access, take-up, and outcomes.

My research has been published in Appetite and Public Budgeting & Finance. I received my Masters in Economics from Northern Illinois University, and a B.S. in Mathematics and B.A in History from the University of Illinois.

I will be on the academic job market in the Fall of 2019. I will be available for interviews at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) conference in November 2019.

For inquiries, you may contact me via email at mtoossia@syr.edu.