Our Researchers

Eileen Segarra Alméstica

Eileen Segarra Alméstica is the Director of the Observatory of Public Education in Puerto Rico. Dr. Segarra Alméstica is also a Professor in the Department of Economics and a researcher at the Center for Multidisciplinary Studies of Governance and Public Affairs at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. She obtained a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California-Berkeley.

Dr. Segarra Alméstica specializes in Public Finance, Labor Economics, Development Studies, and Public Policy Analysis. Her most recent works focus on education, gender, poverty, inequality and vulnerability, government decentralization, and entrepreneurship. Previous research in Public Policy includes analysis of welfare programs and labor force participation, tax evasion, government corruption, political discrimination in the public sector, and government performance.

E-Mail: eileen.segarra@upr.edu

José Caraballo Cueto

José Caraballo Cueto is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Puerto Rico-Cayey. Dr. Caraballo Cueto completed his Ph.D. in Economics at The New School for Social Research, specializing in Development Studies. In addition to his work at the Observatory, he is a researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Institute (UPR-Cayey) and the Director of Puerto Rico’s Census Information Center.

Previously, Caraballo Cueto has researched economic development through fellowships at the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, Princeton University, Filantropía PR, and other institutions. Dr. Caraballo Cueto is a published author and has written 11 peer-reviewed articles published in international journals, as well as over 90 non-peer-reviewed publications. Additionally, he has been an invited speaker at over 60 conferences worldwide, including at the United Nations, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and Yale University. In 2019, the education journal Diverse: Issues in Higher Education named Dr. Caraballo Cueto an Emerging Scholar.

In the past, Dr. Caraballo Cueto served as President of the Puerto Rico Economics Association.

E-Mail: jose.caraballo8@upr.edu

Héctor Cordero Guzmán

Héctor Cordero Guzmán is a Professor at the Baruch College Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs of the City University of New York. He obtained an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Cordero Guzmán has taught graduate courses and published research on youth socioeconomic development; processes, institutions, and outcomes of the educational system; labor markets and employment; poverty and inequality; community and economic development; and other topics related to education, health, employment, welfare, and social policy. Throughout his career, Dr. Cordero Guzmán has collaborated with and worked as an advisor for several government entities, research institutes, and community organizations, and as Program Officer in the Economic Development and the Quality Employment Units of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at the Ford Foundation.

In 2016, Dr. Cordero Guzmán published “Poverty in Puerto Rico: A Socioeconomic and Demographic Analysis” in collaboration with Raúl Figueroa and Alberto Velázquez. Dr. Cordero Guzmán recently joined the National Academy of Public Administration as a fellow.

E-Mail: hector.cordero@baruch.cuny.edu

Yolanda Cordero Nieves

Yolanda Cordero Nieves is a retired Professor at the Graduate School of Public Administration of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras. Dr. Cordero Nieves has an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from the University of Puerto Rico.

Dr. Cordero Nieves specializes in human resource management in the public sector. In the past, Dr. Cordero Nieves has held administrative positions within the Puerto Rican government, such as Associate Director of the Office of Management and Budget and Director of the Human Resources Department of San Juan. Her work has been published in several specialized journals, including Reforma y Democracia from the Latin American Center for Development Administration, Revista de Administración Pública and Revista de Ciencias Sociales from the University of Puerto Rico, and Revista Ethos from the Puerto Rico Office of Management and Budget.

E-Mail: ycordero.nieves@upr.edu

Indira Luciano Montalvo

Indira Luciano Montalvo is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras and is one of the coordinators for the UPR’s Institute for Cannabis Research. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

Dr. Luciano Montalvo’s research specializes in Input-Output and Economic Impact, Regional and Urban Economics, and Quantitative Methods. Throughout her career, Dr. Luciano Montalvo has worked as a private sector consultant, a professor, researcher, and analyst in radio and television. Between 2004 and 2005 she worked as an economic development advisor to the Governor of Puerto Rico. In 2009, she received the second-place award in the 1st annual Emilio Fontela Research Prize from the Hispanic-American Input-Output Society.

As a researcher, Dr. Luciano Montalvo has participated in projects related to the economic implications of Puerto Rico’s territorial status, the social welfare results of the Cantera Peninsula Project, and the economic effects of medical marijuana and industrial hemp. Previously, she has served as Director of the Economic Research Unit, Interim Chair of the Department of Economics, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras.

E-Mail: indira.luciano@upr.edu

César Rey Hernández

César Rey Hernández is a Professor at the Graduate School of Public Administration and an Associate Professor at the University of Puerto Rico School of Law. Dr. Rey Hernández has a Ph.D. in Sociology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, where he received the Gabino Barreda Award, given to the highest-ranking graduate in the program.

In his nearly four decade-long career, Dr. Rey Hernández has authored and co-authored over a dozen books and published over a hundred professional articles on topics in sociology, education, migration, and human trafficking in Puerto Rico. Additionally, he has been a guest speaker at numerous university conferences, including at Brown, Harvard, Princeton, and New York University.

Between 2001 and 2004, Dr. Rey Hernández served as Puerto Rico Secretary of Education. He has also served as department chair, director of academic research centers, and Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the University of Puerto Rico. Dr. Rey Hernández has also been a member of the Board of Directors of various educational, community, and non-profit organizations. Dr. Rey Hernández was the Executive Director at the Puerto Rican Endowment for the Humanities and is currently a member of its Board of Directors. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Ángel Ramos Foundation.

E-Mail: cesar.rey.hdez@upr.edu

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