Valerie is an Adjunct Instructor at American University (School of International Service) in Washington, DC and at George Mason University (Business School) in Fairfax, Virginia. In August 2018, she successfully defended her Ph.D. in Economics at American University. Her dissertation focuses on measuring “The Economic Integration of Caribbean Immigrants into the US Labor Market” using a rigorous mixed-methods framework that combines large micro datasets with primary data from surveys and interviews collected during her fieldwork. Her thesis analyzes immigrant labor outcomes considering the intersectionality of gender, education, race and culture.
In addition to teaching, Valerie has more than five years of experience working with development organizations on research and project implementation. Her current research fellowship with OXFAM aims to analyze quantitative and qualitative datasets on reproductive health care in Mali. Between 2016 and 2018, she conducted research for the World Bank using Ugandan household surveys and business surveys from a number of Latin American countries. Prior to joining the Ph.D., Valerie worked full-time as an international trade consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organization of American States.
Valerie holds a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from Montreal, Canada. She is fluent in French, Haitian Creole, English, Spanish and Portuguese.