Melody Harvey

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Assistant Policy Analyst; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. candidate in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.P.P. in economics, Pepperdine University, School of Public Policy; B.A. in economics, Reed College


Melody Harvey is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. Her research interest is effects of social and financial policies on financially vulnerable populations in the United States.

She has signficant experience in both quantiative and qualitative analyses, survey methodology and analyses, secondary and primary data management, document analyses, and in public policy reviews, scans, formulation, consulting, and analyses. Oftentimes her work has been tailored to policymakers, clients, and research participants as well as academia. She participates in several research projects in both RAND Labor and Population and RAND Education.

Prior to attending Pardee RAND, she worked as a research consultant, a research assistant, and a survey researcher for several nonprofits serving low-income households and individuals. Examples of previous work include drafting policy recommendations for preventing employment discrimination against applicants with criminal records; creating and conducting a local nonprofit's first neighborhood fresh produce distribution assessment; and assessing the feasibility of a proposed asset-development program given housing, financial, and socio-economic characteristics of low-income, asset poor renters in Portland, Oregon.