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Ashley Provencher is an economist with a background in public policy and statistics. In all of her research, she attempts to improve the well-being of people, particularly those who have been marginalized.

Degree Program University
Ph.D. Economics American University
M.A. Economics American University
B.S. Economics and Mathematics Simmons College

My Siena Experience

My Teaching Philosophy

As a professor, I am in continual pursuit to establish a supportive environment for students to explore their creativity, to be independent thinkers, and to embrace diversity. I hope that this environment will encourage students to broaden their social consciousness.

What I Love About Siena

Siena students are informed of social justice initiatives and energetic to improve social justice both on- and off-campus.

My Favorite Courses to Teach

I love to teach Economics of Crime because we spend a great deal of the semester volunteering off-campus and meeting advocates for social justice in the Capital-region. As a community-engaged course, students learn firsthand how to advocate for social change and the difficulties of enacting such change. Every class is a new experience!

My Professional Experience

Year Title University
2012 - Now Assistant Professor of Economics Siena College
2011 - 2011 Consultant, Carsey Institute University of New Hampshire
2011 - 2012 Visiting Assistant Professor Eastern Connecticut State University
2011 - Now Consultant, Institute of Municipal and Regional Policy Central Connecticut State University
2010 - 2011 Research Assistant American University
2009 - 2010 Adjunct Professor American University
2007 - 2011 Statistician United States Census Bureau
2006 - 2006 Research Intern Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
2006 - 2009 Teaching Assistant American University
2005 - 2005 Research Intern Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
2005 - 2005 Research Intern National Bureau of Economic Research
2004 - 2006 Teaching Assistant Simmons College

Current Research

Crime, Child welfare policy, Policy outcome evaluation, Poverty

Articles & Book Reviews

  • Health Effects of Family Member Incarceration in the United States: A Meta-Analysis and Cost Study
    Children and Youth Services Review, vol. 103
    May, 2019
  • Outcomes and savings associated with the Quality Parenting Initiative
    Social Work and Social Sciences Review
    2019
  • Class Debates in Intermediate Microeconomics: Social Economics and Pluralist Perspectives
    Forum For Social Economics
    2018
  • The poverty experience of lone mothers and their children
    Applied Economics Letters, vol. 25
    2018
  • High Impact Practices & Sophomore Retention
    Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, vol. 21
    March, 2017
  • Adoption Policy and the Well-Being of Adopted Children in the United States
    Child Welfare, vol. 95
    2017
  • Evaluating the poverty status of single parent families: Evidence of the feminization of poverty
    New York State Economics Association
    2015
  • Does the Unit of Analysis for Poverty Measurement Matter? A Comparison of the Supplemental Poverty Measure and the Official Poverty Measure
    New York Economic Review, vol. 47
    Fall, 2016
  • Impact of Caregiver Arrest on Minor Children: Implications for Use of Family Impact Statements in U.S. Courts
    Justice Policy Journal, vol. 13
    Fall, 2016
  • The Standard of Proof at Adjudication of Abuse or Neglect: Its Influence on Case Outcomes at Key Junctures
    Social Work and Social Sciences Review, vol. 17
    Fall/Winter, 2014
  • Unit of Analysis for Poverty Measurement: A Comparison of the Supplemental Poverty measure and the Official Poverty Measure
    Joint Statistical Meetings
    Summer, 2012

Awards & Distinctions

  • School of Business Excellence in Research Award
    Category: Research
    Siena College, 2017
  • School of Business Excellence in Teaching Award
    Category: Teaching
    Siena College, 2016
  • Trustco Award for Excellence in Community Service
    Category: Service-Community
    Siena College, 2016
  • Faculty Member of the Year Award, Office of Academic Community Engagement
    Category: Teaching
    Center for Academic Community Engagement, Siena College, 2015
  • TeamBILD
    Category: Research
    CURCA, 2015
  • Summer Scholars: Audrey Allen
    Category: Research
    Siena College CURCA, 2014
  • Summer research funding to collaborate with Audrey Sabatini

    Category: Research
    CURCA/ACE, 2013
  • Summer research funding to collaborate with Stacey Morris

    Category: Research
    CURCA, 2013
  • Economics Department Graduate Fellowship for tuition, stipend, and research
    Category: Other
    American University, 2010
  • James H. Weaver Award for outstanding teaching
    Category: Teaching
    American University, 2010
  • Naidel Dissertation Award for dissertation support
    Category: Research
    American University, 2010
  • Economics Department Graduate Fellowship for tuition, stipend, and research
    Category: Other
    American University, 2009
  • Mellon Grant for dissertation support
    Category: Research
    American University, 2009
  • Economics Department Graduate Fellowship for tuition, stipend, and research
    Category: Other
    American University, 2008
  • Economics Department Graduate Fellowship for tuition, stipend, and research
    Category: Other
    American University, 2007
  • Economics Department Graduate Fellowship for tuition, stipend, and research
    Category: Other
    American University, 2006

Presentations

  • Class Debates as an Instructional Tool in an Intermediate Level Neoclassical Microeconomics Class: Introducing Pluralist Perspectives
    January, 2017
    International Confederation of Associations for Pluralism in Economics, Chicago, Illinois
  • Program Utilization By Formerly Criminalized Youth: Linking Juvenile Recidivism Data to Data Held By US Census Bureau
    2017
    2017 Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management, Chicago, Illinois
  • Thinking beyond the semester: Faculty engagement in the community
    2017
    Engage for Change, Capital Region Academic Community Engagement Conference, Loudonville, New York
  • Interagency Collaboration to Safegaurd Children with Arrested Parents
    February, 2016
    Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Policing with the intent to improve child welfare: Findings from a recent intervention
    October, 2015
    New York State Economics Association Annual Conference, Loudonville, New York
  • Moving Beyond Adult Criminal Justice
    August, 2015
    Results First 2015 State Convenin, Washington, District of Columbia
  • High Impact Practice at Siena: Too Little, Too Late?
    May, 2015
    Engage for Change, Capital Region Academic Community Engagement Conference, Loudonville, New York
  • The Feminization of Single-Parenthood
    February, 2015
    Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference, New York City, New York
  • Estimating the Feminization of Poverty
    November, 2014
    Southern Economic Association, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Evaluating the Poverty Status of Single-Parents: Evidence of the Feminization of Poverty
    October, 2014
    New York State Economics Association, Loudonville, New York
  • Where we are, Where we are going
    July, 2014
    National Convening of Results First States, Santa Fe, New Mexico
  • Improving the Mental Health of Children: Efficiency Considerations in State Child Welfare Systems
    March, 2014
    Eastern Economic Association Annual Conference, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Connecticut's Progress to Implement Results First
    July, 2013
    Results First Convening (Pew/McArthur), Denver, Colorado
  • Connecticut: Update
    July, 2012
    Results First Convening (Pew/McArthur), Denver, Colorado
  • Effectiveness and Efficiency of Mental Health Services for Children in Foster Care
    November, 2011
    Southern Economic Association, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Unit of Analysis for Poverty Measurement: A Comparison of the Supplemental Poverty measure and the Official Poverty Measure
    August, 2011
    Joint Statistical Meetings, Miami, Florida
  • Effectiveness and Efficiency of Mental Health Services for Children in Foster Care
    2011
    Welfare Research and Evaluation Conference, Washington, District of Columbia
  • Implementing Sen's Capability Approach to Evaluate Foster Care Programs in the United States
    2009
    Southern Economic Association, San Antonio, Texas