University of Wisconsin–Madison

Maria Serakos

Master’s degree student, Public Affairs

Faculty advisor: Barbara Wolfe, Professor, Population Health Sciences

Maria SerakosMaria Serakos is a second year masters of public affairs student at the La Follette School of Public Affairs. She is interested in studying social policies, including those related to poverty and inequality, education, and health. Since beginning at La Follette, she has worked as a project assistant for Professor Barbara Wolfe, where they reviewed the preliminary social and economic impacts of the Affordable Care Act, and has recently begun working with the Center for Demography and Ecology. Upon obtaining her MPA, Maria hopes to pursue a PhD in economics and ultimately an academic career in policy research.

Prior to coming to UW–Madison, Maria worked at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, where she assisted in evaluating a gang reduction and youth development program, developing and analyzing federal databases on criminal case processing, and evaluating the mental health outcomes of individuals in the criminal justice system. She has a wealth of nonprofit experience, including working at the Children’s Defense Fund—Minnesota and the Jeremiah Program in Minneapolis. She completed a year of postgraduate service with Lasallian Volunteers by teaching high school in rural Washington state.