Samantha Cunningham is a current fourth-year MD-PhD student at the University of California, Irvine, studying the interactions between ocean ecosystems and human health. She graduated from NYU in 2017 with a major in Sociology and minors in Mathematics and Chemistry. Her research focuses on large-scale interventions, such as ecosystem services, that can be utilized to improve human health.
In 2016 and 2017, Samantha worked closely with Dr. Sarah Cowan to compile the initial data and contacts for the Cash Transfer Lab. Samantha loves to hang out with her two dogs and take beautiful beach and hiking trips in her free time.
Sydney Harris is a junior student studying Sociology at NYU College of Arts and Science. She is interested in legal studies, psychology, mental health, and the effects of trauma on the well-being of individuals and communities. Sydney aspires to become a civil rights lawyer to advocate for marginalized groups and eventually found a trauma-informed foster care program.
Sydney was previously a research assistant at the Cash Transfer Lab, working on compiling economic indicators and demographic datasets. In her free time, Sydney enjoys cooking Italian and breakfast foods, sewing, and drawing.
Anne Kou is a current Ph.D. student in Sociology at NYU with a B.A. in French and Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought from Amherst College. She is interested in how social policies mitigate and reproduce inequalities in gender, race, and class. Anne is currently studying the impacts of universal paid family leave policies on the economic and health outcomes for working mothers. In 2020, she was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.
Anne is a former research assistant for the Cash Transfer Lab. She practices ballet and indulges in DIY projects.
Eden Min is a second-year student at NYU Liberal Studies and College of Arts and Science, where she majors in Sociology and minors in Politics, American Sign Language, and Creative Writing. She is passionately invested in the various intersections of sociology with family, disability, race, gender, religion, and law. Eden is a 2020 DURF Research Grant recipient investigating the interaction between criminal court proceedings and disability. Her research addresses how court actors characterize defendants with reported mobile or psychiatric disabilities during criminal trials and how different disabilities are manipulated and constructed to elicit guilt or innocence.
At the Cash Transfer Lab, Eden was responsible for collecting and processing data into valuable resources for the lab’s intellectual infrastructure. She loves hiking, journaling, and eating Korean food.
Talya Nevins is a newly enrolled J.D candidate at the NYU School of Law. In 2018, she received a B.A. degree in Near Eastern Studies and a certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies at Princeton University. She is curious about how new technologies reify existing axes of power and entrench new modes of discrimination. In law school, Talya plans to research the legal tools for addressing civil rights violations and social inequalities created and exacerbated by data capitalism. Talya previously worked as an Investigative Analyst in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Major Economic Crimes Bureau, where she had a hand in large-scale fraud, larceny, and tax evasion cases.
Before the Cash Transfer Lab was formally established, Talya assisted with preliminary data analysis of the Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend records and patterns of correlation with maternal health data back in 2015. She enjoys cooking and peaceful reading time in Prospect Park.
Jonah Perrin is a junior student at Duke University studying Political Science and minoring in Spanish and Philosophy. His interests are in social justice, urban planning, criminal justice reform, and electoral politics. Jonah previously interned with the Eviction Lab at Princeton University, where he examined eviction cases as a result of governmental policy, race-based factors, and poverty. He was awarded the “Ethics in Place” research award as a Kenan Institute for Ethics Research Fellow for his piece entitled “ Local Campaigns and Civic Engagement During the Coronavirus.” Jonah serves as the Political Director of Duke Democrats organization, the co-chair of Duke Votes, and has been heavily involved in political volunteer work with the College Democrats of NC and Orange County Democratic Party.
Jonah worked with the Cash Transfer Lab as a research assistant collecting data for the lab’s partner scholars and Alaskan stakeholders, as well as researching questions about the policy and Alaska’s demographic composition over time. Outside the lab, Jonah plays many sports, including basketball, ultimate frisbee, and football. He also enjoys exploring the topics of geography and history.