Director

Jonathan Colmer - University of Virginia

Jonathan is the Founding Director of the Environmental Inequality Lab and Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia's Department of Economics. His research combines data with insights from economic theory and environmental science to understand how economic activity and the environment influence one another.

Researcher Partners

John Voorheis - U.S. Census Bureau

John is a Principal Economist in the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau. His research combines administrative records with survey data to better understand the economic well-being of individuals, with a focus on the impacts of environmental inequality on long term economic and social outcomes.

Jay Shimshack - University of Virginia

Jay is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics at the University of Virginia's Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. His research is on the enforcement of environmental regulations, corporate social responsibility, environmental inequality, and the economic consequences of environmental change. He has advised the EPA, FDA, USDA, DOL and other federal agencies; consulted for private organizations; and provided testimony before the US House of Representatives.

Graduate Students

Brennan Williams - University of Virginia

Brennan Williams is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia's Department of Economics. His research seeks to understand the economic consequences of environmental change.

Ian Hardman - UC Berkeley

Ian is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of California, Berkeley. Ian graduated from the University of Virginia's Department of Economics in May 2019. Between 2018 and 2019, Ian worked as a Research Assistant for the Environmental Inequality Lab. Between 2019 and 2021, Ian worked as a pre-doctoral research associate at Stanford University’s Program on Energy and Sustainable Development (PESD).

Yooseon Hwang - University of Virginia

Yooseon Hwang is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia's Department of Economics. Her research seeks to understand the economic and environmental consequences of congestion policies.

Ben Chenault - University of Virginia

Ben Chenault is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Virginia's Department of Economics. His research seeks to understand the economic consequences of environmental regulations.

Research Assistants

Cameron Scalera - U.S. Census Bureau

Cameron Scalera joined the Environmental Inequality Lab in August 2021. He is a pre-doctoral researcher in the Center for Economic Studies at the U.S. Census Bureau. Cameron graduated from the University of Virginia in May 2021 with a degree in Economics and French.



Samir Rein - University of Virginia

Samir Rein joined the Environmental Inequality Lab in July of 2021. He is an undergraduate at the University of Virginia studying Economics, Mathematics, and Philosophy and will graduate in May 2024.



Renée Swager - University of Virginia

Renée Swager joined the Environmental Inequality Lab in May 2021. She is an undergraduate at the University of Virginia double majoring in Economics and Global Development Studies and will graduate May 2022.