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MA Alumni Spotlights

Our alumni spotlights highlight the accomplishments of our talented and diverse alumni, as well as advice for current/ prospective students. Whether going into policy work, law, activism, academia, or industry, our alumni open up about how the MA program allowed them to explore their interests and find their passions. We invite you to read below about the unique perspectives of our alumni.

Anna Zhou

Anna Zhou

Class of 2016

Anna Zhou (2016) tells us about her MA thesis on Airbnb policy changes in NYC, teaching economics to high school students, and about her current role as an Economist.

Kyle Hurysz

Kyle Hurysz

Class of 2022

Kyle divulges how the MA program inspired him to start a disability advocacy non-profit to make higher education accessible to all.

Wentao Hu

Wentao Hu

Class of 2022

Wentao explains how the MA program allowed him to bring back valuable skills to working in banking in his home country of China.

Michael Swistara

Michael Swistara

Class of 2016

Michael Swistara explains his unique trajectory, going from an MA student in Columbia University’s Department of Economics to working as an animal rights lawyer.

Ruchi Avtar

Ruchi Avtar

Class of 2019

Ruchi Avtar, explains how the MA program opened her eyes to experimental economics, her current area of research as a PhD student.

Belén Hípola

Belén Hípola

Class of 2022

Belén, the 2023 MA Synthesis winner, explains her path from pursuing an MA in Economics to studying Education Policy as an Economics PhD student at Bocconi University.

Ryan Zamarripa

Ryan Zamarripa

Class of 2017

Ryan discusses his work in public policy and volunteering for the Biden-Harris 2020 Presidential Campaign after achieving his MA.

Are you a Columbia University Economics MA graduate and want to share your story with us? Please email Gabrielle Okun at go2292@columbia.edu for more information.

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1022 International Affairs Building (IAB)

Mail Code 3308

420 West 118th Street

New York, NY 10027

Ph: (212) 854-3680
Fax: (212) 854-0749
Business Hours:
Mon–Fri, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
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