Ph.D Students

Our students come from many countries around the world and have interesting and diverse backgrounds. Below is the list of some current students by their projected graduation year.

2016  |   2017   |  2018  |   2020


Danilo Trisi

Danilo is a doctoral candidate. His dissertation research analyzes the long-term consequences of U.S. welfare reform for poverty, income and employment trends of single mother families. While pursuing his Ph.D., Danilo has been working full-time at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. He's a senior research analyst and has been working there since 2007. His research has focused on poverty and income trends, labor market analyses, income inequality, the TANF program and the effectiveness of the safety net. His research draws on national survey data, administrative data and micro-simulation of tax and transfer programs. Danilo holds a B.A. degree from Pomona College and a Masters in Latin American studies from the University of California, Berkeley. 


René (Herbert) Jones

René is in the social policy concentration and currently works as a public health analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). At HRSA her portfolio includes implementation of the Affordable Care Act at Community Health Centers. Jones' undergraduate degree is in public health from the University of Rochester, and she holds her master's in health policy and administration from the Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health. Her research interest includes the dynamics of health care reform policy on the nation’s safety net programs and populations. Jones is originally from San Juan, Trinidad and Tobago, via New York City.  She lives in Maryland with her husband Gabriel. 



Sally Abd ElMoez

Sally Abd ElMoezis' research is focused on public finance and budgeting reform in developing countries with a focus on the Middle East and North Africa region. She previously worked at Cairo University School of Economics and Political Science, American University in Cairo School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, Future University and Partners in Development. She received a master's in political theory from London School of Economics and Political Science and earned her BSc. in political science and economics from Cairo University.  



Bryce Pardo

Pardo holds a B.A. in international affairs and an M.A. in Latin American and Hemispheric Studies from the George Washington University. Before coming to UMD he served five years as an official at the Inter-American Drug Abuse Control Commission within the Organization of American States. During this time he advised governments on drug policy. He has also worked with other multi-lateral institutions, including the Pan American Health Organization and independent offices associated with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. His focus is on drug control policy, crime control and regulation.  


Matthew R.G. Regan

Matthew R.G. Regan is researching a dissertation on democracy and culture in Southeast Asia, focusing on the “Asian values” debate. He holds a B.A. in history and an M.A. in modern European history from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where his research focused on the history of the biological and social sciences and European interpretations of Asian thought and culture. His research interests include the ethics of global development, sustainable development and Buddhist philosophy. 

Max Brauer

Max Brauer is an assistant attorney general in the State of Maryland's Consumer Protection Division. His research interests include economic inequality, subjective well-being, poverty, development, ethics, and financial and corporate regulatory policy. When he isn't working or working towards his degree, he is probably doing something related to basketball or playing music. Brauer hopes to finish his dissertation sooner rather than later.

Guy “Tom” Consentino

Brigadier General (Retired) Guy “Tom” Cosentino is vice president for policy at Business Executives for National Security (BENS). Prior to joining BENS in September of 2015, BG (Ret) Cosentino served as the 28th Commandant of the National War College. He also previously served as deputy director for Political-Military Affairs for the Middle East, Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5), on the Joint Staff in the Department of Defense. He earned a B.S. in political science at the University of the State of New York, holds master’s degrees in international relations from Georgetown University and in national security and strategic studies from the Naval War College. 


Devin Entrikin

Devin Entrikin is a first year Ph.D. student in the International Security and Economic Policy specialization. His research focuses on the intersection of global governance and human security. He holds his B.A. in political science: international relations from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. in international affairs from The New School in Manhattan. After completing his undergraduate studies, he spent time in the Peace Corps working as a municipal development adviser in rural Guatemala. Prior to coming to College Park, he worked as a senior analyst for a global market research firm in NYC, conducting business strategy research for clients in the technology, retail, finance and healthcare sectors.


Linlang He

Linlang He is specializing in environmental and energy policy. Her research interests include: prospect of south-south cooperation in renewable energy development and energy efficiency improvement, private sector’s decision-making process when undertaking low-carbon investments, and policies that drive clean technology innovation. She holds a M.A. in environmental studies from Brown University, and a B.Com. in Economics and Finance from McGill University (Montreal, Canada). Prior to joining University of Maryland, she worked on RGGI-funded revenue-recycling programs, finding out factors that had impacts on these programs’ funding distribution and cost effectiveness. She was also an analyst at UniCarriers Americas from 2013 to 2015.


Sérgio Pinto

Pinto will focus on development and social policy, and his research will be centered on inequality and subjective well-being. In particular, he is interested in inequality measurement and historical trends/evolution in his native country (Portugal), in interactions with and impacts on other areas of society (such as subjective well-being, poverty and social mobility), and in the effect of public policies that are expected to mitigate income and wealth inequality (such as the minimum wage, cash transfers and unionization rates). He holds a B.A. in business administration and a MSc in Economics from Universidade Catolica Portuguesa, as well as an MPP from the University of Maryland.


Zhongsheng Wu

Wu is specializing in nonprofit management and leadership. His research interests include civic engagement, volunteering, giving, and nonprofit governance and accountability. Zhongsheng received his master’s degree in nonprofit management from Beijing Normal University in 2015, and his B.A. in social work from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2012. He was also a visiting graduate student at the University of Pennsylvania School of Policy and Practice from August 2014 to April 2015. He is involved in several studies on the nonprofit sector of China. He also interned or volunteered in several nonprofit organizations, such as the China Foundation Center.