Katie FitzpatrickAssociate Professor (Arriving Fall 2023)

My research is at the intersection of consumer policy, food policy, and health policy. It is motivated by an interest in understanding and improving policies that can improve economic well-being and advance opportunity. I study mainstream and alternative financial services (AFS, i.e., payday lenders, pawn lenders, check cashers, and more); the determinants of food insecurity and the use of food assistance; and, the benefits of health insurance coverage.

Select Publications

“The Downs and Ups of the SNAP Caseload: What Matters?” 2020. Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy. (with Stacy Dickert-Conlin, Brian Stacy, and Laura Tiehen). DOI: 10.1002/aepp.13076

“Health Insurance Transitions and Use of Fringe Banks: Evidence from the Affordable Care Act.” 2020. Contemporary Economic Policy. (with Anne Fitzpatrick). DOI: 10.1111/coep.12479

“Food Deserts and Diet-Related Health Outcomes of the Elderly” 2019. Food Policy 87: 101747 (with Nadia Greenhalgh-Stanley and Michele Ver Ploeg). DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2019.101747

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  • Consumer Science

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Consumer Behavior and Family Economics


  • Ph.D., Economics, Syracuse University
  • M.P.P., Georgetown University
  • B.A., Public Policy, Stanford University