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. My specialization is in social policy with an interest in the design, implementation, and evaluation of social programs targeting children’s well-being. I also have a secondary interest in state and local public finance.

My dissertation uses experimental and quasi-experimental methods to evaluate policy instruments available to state and local officials administering food assistance programs for improving children’s utilization of services, nutritional intake, and food security.

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.

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