Jessica Pac

Credentials: PhD, Columbia University, 2019; M.Phil, Columbia University, 2018; MPA, Cornell University, 2014; BA, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2007

Position title: Assistant Professor


314 School of Social Work

Curriculum Vitae
Jessica Pac in front of a bookcase

Jessica Pac is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Motivated by the notion that that pre- and postnatal inequalities drive adulthood disparities, identifying the causal impact of investments and the respective timing of insults to early development forms the basis of her investigation. Jessica’s research harnesses applied econometric and data science methods to provide novel insight on topics such as mandatory reporting among physicians, work-family policies such as Paid Family Leave and Universal Pre-Kindergarten, and safety net programs as they impact poverty and inequality. Jessica’s dissertation provides quasi-experimental evidence on policy solutions for the prevention of maltreatment among young children, including on Medicaid and Early Childhood Education and Care Programs.

Jessica holds a BA in International and Public Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder, an MPA with a concentration in Social Policy from Cornell University, and a PhD in Social Work with concentrations in Economics and Social Policy at Columbia University.