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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."




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."





Jacob Haas

Jacob Haas

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

Jacob says:"Working at the St. Louis Fed has provided a great environment for me to gain more knowledge about the field of economics. The RA position allows me to learn about the research process from experienced economists, further my programming and statistical skills, and pursue my academic interests. I am grateful for the opportunity to work at the St. Louis Fed and know that my time here will serve me well in the future."




Ryan Mather

Ryan Mather

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

Ryan says: “This is a unique position in that if I do not know how to do something, my supervising economists will tell me to figure it out rather than finding someone else to do the work.  There are entire projects I am working on now that I would not have had the slightest clue how to do before learning through on-the-job training and courses taught by Federal Reserve economists at Washington University.”




Joseph McGillicuddy

Joseph McGillicuddy

Started at the St. Louis Fed: June 2014
University/College: The University of Notre Dame
Major: Economics and Mathematics

Joe says: "As an RA, I enjoy working in a research-oriented environment because it pushes me to develop new skills and to continue learning on a daily basis. By assisting my economists with their latest research projects, I am constantly challenged to increase my understanding of economics while simultaneously improving my programming abilities and technical skills. I find this work, particularly that which relates to econometrics, both interesting and challenging, and it has given me a great opportunity to experience the economic research process firsthand."




Makenzie Peake

Makenzie Peake

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  August 2018
University/College: Boise State University
Major: Quantitative Economics

Makenzie says: "Working at the St. Louis Fed has already provided me with numerous opportunities after my undergraduate studies. I am extremely grateful to be able to work alongside experienced and knowledgeable economists who are willing to teach me technical skills. In my time at the bank I have gained skills in critical thinking, statistical programming, and economic writing on topics ranging from the gender pay gap to international trade."




Brian Reinbold

Brian Reinbold

Started at the St. Louis Fed:  July 2017
University/College: Indiana University
Major: Economics and Mathematics

Brian says: "Working at the St. Louis Fed has allowed me to audit gradate level economics courses to learn quantitative methods in macroeconomics. I will be able to apply these new tools to help economists explore a wide range of topics from sovereign risk and default to income inequality. The opportunities at the St. Louis Fed lets me explore my curiosities and better evaluate whether economic research is the right path for 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."