Shannon Sweeney

Cathy Wang

Dissertation Topic/Title: Cost estimates to the state of health disparity in the field of child and family policy


Advisor: Dr. Henry Coleman


Previous Degrees: Bachelor of Philosophy, Hebei University; Master of Western Philosophy, Nankai University; Master of Public Policy, Duke University; PhD degree expected in 2014


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Research Interest

Public budgeting and finance, social policies that particularly address poverty, inequality, and child and family issues, and health policy in the area of health disparity.



Cathy Wang is finishing the last two years of her PhD study at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University while working as a Graduate Assistant. She was a 2012 Eagleton Fellow - Governor's Executive Fellow, and interned with the Office of Management and Budget at the New Jersey Department of the Treasury.


Wang received her Master of Public Policy from the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy (now Sanford School of Public Policy) at Duke University in 2002. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from Hebei University and a Master’s degree in Western Philosophy from Nankai University, both located in China. She was also trained in the field of International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University (SAIS) - Nanjing University Center for Chinese and American Studies.


Wang's employment with the Association for Children of New Jersey took her to New Jersey shortly after her graduation from Duke. She first worked as a Budget Policy Analyst and then as a Ford Foundation Fellow. She also served as the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ State Fiscal Analysis Initiative coordinator in New Jersey, and was a member of U.S. National Tax Association and a member of the Economic Analysis and Research Network which is administered by the Economic Policy Institute.


Fluent in English and Chinese, Wang has publications in both languages in her research field. The Chinese version of her book on American Poverty and Poverty Alleviation Mechanisms was published by Shanghai People’s Publishing House, and is a bestseller in China.