Anika is a PhD candidate in the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. Her research interests center on the effects of income poverty, material hardship, subjective financial stress, job loss, and income inequality on parenting behavior and children’s development and well-being. Her research also examines the role of welfare policy in buffering these effects and often takes an international comparative perspective. Her dissertation has been funded by the Doris Duke Fellowship for the Promotion of Child Well-being. She earned her MPP from Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health (formerly in the Institute of Policy Studies), and completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University of Maryland.

Anika spent six months of the 2016-2017 academic year as a visiting scholar at INED – Institut National d’Etudes Démographiques in Paris, France. She was a recipient of the James. B. Duke Fellowship from 2013 to 2017. She was selected to participate in the Duke University Social Science Research Institute Education and Human Development Scholars Program in 2016 and was awarded a scholarship to attend the Curran-Bauer Analytics Multilevel Modeling Summer Workshop in 2015. Prior to coming to Duke University, Anika was a project coordinator at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University where she coordinated the implementation and data collection, as well as contributed to the evaluation of several federally funded interventions. She was also a research associate with Choice Research Associates where she participated in the evaluation of criminal justice interventions.

Anika is originally from Germany and speaks both German and English fluently. She can also speak French at an advanced intermediate level (B2).