Alice Louise Kassens

Research Fellow

Alice Louise Kassens is the John S. Shannon Professor of Economics at Roanoke College, a senior analyst with the Institute for Policy and Opinion Research, and a former member of the Virginia governor’s Joint Advisory Board of Economists.

Kassens’ work has been published in several journals, including Social Science & Medicine, and edited volumes. Recently, she co-authored a report for The Century Foundation. Her book, Intemperate Spirits: Economic Adaptation during Prohibition, was published in August 2019. Her recent research has focused on the disparate mental health deterioration during the COVID-19 pandemic and the contribution of public health initiatives.

At Roanoke College, a small liberal arts college in Virginia, Kassens teaches numerous courses, including labor economics, health economics, econometrics and data visualization. She is active with student organizations, including as an advisor to the Women in Economics Club.

Kassens earned her B.A. in economics and history from the College of William and Mary and her Ph.D. in economics from North Carolina State University. Her areas of specialty are labor and health economics.

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