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Research Associates

Research analysts discuss their work

The primary mission of the St. Louis Fed Research Division is to provide high-quality, timely advice to the Bank’s president about monetary policy and banking issues. Producing and communicating important economic research in areas such as macroeconomics, international economics, and regional economics are also crucial components of the Division’s responsibilities.

Working with the Division’s economists, research associates (RAs) at the St. Louis Fed play an integral role in achieving these objectives. To learn more about the position and apply visit https://research.stlouisfed.org/RAjobs.





Current Research Associates


Aaron Amburgey

Aaron Amburgey

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  July 2019
University/College: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Major: Economics and Applied Mathematics

Aaron says: "As an RA at the St. Louis Fed, I get to work closely with experienced research economists. This is an extremely rewarding environment that pushes me to gain new skills and knowledge in economics, programming and statistics in order to assist my economists' research endeavors. The opportunity to be involved in the economics research process and attend Fed-hosted seminars and workshops will help me prepare for any future career path I decide."



Iris Arbogast

Iris Arbogast

Started at the St. Louis Fed: July 2020
University/College: Carleton College
Major: Economics

Iris says: "After interning in the research department at the St. Louis Fed, I knew I wanted to return as a research associate. As research associates, we're given the resources and time to learn to be better economists at a top-tier macroeconomics research institution. The programming, statistics, and economics knowledge that I've gained will be invaluable in economics graduate school. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, I've felt very well-supported by the bank and our group of research associates."



Julie Bennett

Julie Bennett

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  July 2019
University/College: Davidson College
Major: Economics

Julie says: "I chose to work at the St. Louis Fed because I wanted to be a part of a community of researchers pursuing rigorous analysis of important and interesting questions. As a research associate, I am constantly improving as a writer, programmer, mathematician and analyst. I greatly value the opportunity to work alongside and collaborate with economists and fellow RAs in an environment where I’m always challenged to think critically and learn new things."    



Asha Bharadwaj

Asha Bharadwaj

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  August 2017
University/College: University of California, Berkeley
Major: Economics and Applied Mathematics

Asha says: “Working as an RA at the St. Louis Fed allows me to work in an intellectually stimulating environment. As an RA, I have been able to explore and understand the scope of economic research, while simultaneously developing my analytical thinking and programming skills. Each day presents an opportunity to learn something new and to understand the research process better. I plan on pursuing graduate studies in economics in the future and I am confident that the skills I learn during the course of my work here will be invaluable.”



Kathryn Bokun

Kathryn Bokun

Started at the St. Louis Fed: December 2018
University/College: Southeastern Louisiana University
Major: Finance

Kathryn says: "The St. Louis Fed provides a unique environment where you can learn from experienced economists but also from the diverse cohort of fellow RAs. The job has significantly improved my analytical and programming skills, as well as provided the opportunity to take classes at local universities. For me, the RA job is a fantastic learning experience." 




Mahdi Ebsim

Mahdi Ebsim

Started at the St. Louis Fed: June 2018
University/College: New York University
Major: Economics and Mathematics 

Mahdi says: "Working at the St. Louis Fed has been very intellectually stimulating. I’ve gotten a chance to acquire a better understanding of economics I studied at university, and add to that more knowledge due to my interactions with economists and access to graduate level courses."




Matthe Famiglietti

Matthew Famiglietti

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  July 2018
University/College: Northeastern University
Major: Economics and Mathematics

Matt says: "Working at the St. Louis Fed has provided me the opportunity to receive the theoretical and quantitative training necessary to investigate complicated ideas. Collaborating with experienced economists has expanded the way I think about economic issues. I can’t think of a better way to prepare for graduate school."




Praew Grittayaphong

Praew Grittayaphong
Started at the St. Louis Fed: June 2020 
University/College: Vassar College
Major: Economics and Mathematics

Praew says: "Working at the St. Louis Fed provides a unique opportunity for me to engage in economic research on a wide range of topics. The RA position has allowed me to work closely with experienced economists, helped me strengthen my economic intuition and technical skills, and motivated me to keep learning and taking on new challenges. As someone who hopes to pursue a graduate program in economics in the future, the resources provided at the Bank are very invaluable."



Maggie Isaacson

Maggie Isaacson

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  July 2020
University/College: University of Virginia
Major: Economics and Mathematics

Maggie says: "When picking a place to work after graduation, I was looking for somewhere with opportunities to learn, develop my skills, and apply everything I learned throughout my undergraduate career. The St. Louis Fed provided everything I was looking for, along with a great place to work every day. I’m excited to know the other RAs in the cohort and many experienced economists who can help me in my journey."





Jesse LaBelle

Jesse LaBelle

Started at the St. Louis Fed: June 2020
University/College: Southern Methodist University
Major: Economics

Jesse says: "I applied for the position of Research Associate at the St. Louis Fed to get some real world experience in the economics profession. I also knew it would be invaluable preparation—for either a PhD in economics, should I decide to go that route, or any job I decide to pursue in the future. This position will sharpen my analytical and programming skills beyond what other positions offer. I am excited for all the opportunities, both at the bank and outside the bank."




Joel Steinberg

Joel Steinberg

Started at the St. Louis Fed: July 2020
University/College: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Major: Economics and Mathematics

Joel says: "I chose to work for the St. Louis Fed because it offers a unique opportunity to gain exposure to economics research. Meeting the other RAs has made me tremendously excited to learn about the theoretical and technical aspects of doing research, and I have no doubt this experience will be invaluable for my future, wherever it may take me.”





Qiuhan Sun

Qiuhan Sun

Started at the St. Louis Fed: April 2018
University/College: Macalester College
Major: Economics and Applied Mathematics

Qiuhan says: "Working as an RA gives me the opportunity to establish a professional and personal relationship with economists who have a wealth of knowledge in a wide spectrum of field. I’m thankful for my economists who are generous teachers and mentors. The skills I develop in researching, writing, analysis, and project management create a springboard to a wide range of options. I get to take on new challenges every day and every project I work on is a brand-new learning experience. More importantly, the RA cohort I started with became more than just a group of coworkers, they have become my close friends💖.”




Devin Werner

Devin Werner

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  June 2019
University/College: Washington University in St. Louis
Major: Economics, Mathematics, and Psychology

Devin says: "Coming out of undergrad, I knew I wanted to learn more about economic research, bolster my coding and statistical knowledge, and use my skills for some greater purpose. The St. Louis Fed has allowed me to do all three. I have learned and seen so much as an RA I can’t imagine experiencing elsewhere—to say nothing of the close connections I’ve made with many of my coworkers. I don’t know what I’ll be doing after I work here, but I’m sure I’ll be ready for it."



Olivia Wilkinson

Olivia Wilkinson

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  April 2020
University/College: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Major: Economics

Olivia says: "I decided to apply for this position at the St. Louis Fed because I knew it would be an invaluable learning experience and fantastic preparation for pursuing a PhD in Economics. So far I have already been able to sharpen my analytical and programming skills and learn new things about the Economic research process. I look forward to gaining even more on-the-job experience as well as the opportunity to take graduate courses at some of the universities here in St. Louis."