Adria received her Bachelor’s in International Studies from Texas A&M University and her Master’s in International Development from the University of Denver. Prior to coming to UNC Chapel Hill, she worked at the American Institutes for Research as a Research Associate conducting research focused on international development and education policy.

Adria’s research interests include development economics, behavioral economics, sexual and reproductive health, and poverty reduction. She studies how social and economic policies affect decision-making at the individual- and household-levels. She has also gained extensive experience in survey design, program evaluation, field data collection, and the management of large data sets through her work as a graduate research assistant at the Carolina Population Center. Her dissertation research focuses on how social policy can be used to influence the trajectory of poverty for future generations. She is expected to graduate in May 2018.