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Julia Puaschunder

'08 MPA
Research Assistant for The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis.

Dr. Julia Puaschunder is a research assistant for The Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis (SCEPA), a research institute within The New School's Economics Department. SCEPA is dedicated to connecting today's public policy experts with tomorrow's leading economists. Puaschunder helps support 'The Economics of Climate Change' project funded by The Fritz Thyssen Foundation. The project studies how to enact effective climate change policies in light of fragile domestic and global economies. In addition to their efforts to enhance the contemporary environmental global governance debate on global warming in conferences.

Prior to this position, Puaschunder served on the faculty of the Vienna University of Economics and Business in their Department of Global Business and Trade. As well as, on the Harvard University faculty for their Arts and Sciences Center for the Environment. After having captured social responsibility in corporate and financial markets in Europe and North America, she currently pursues the idea of Eternal Equity.

As a recipient of a Prize Fellowship in the Interuniversity-Consortium of New York, in combination with a Presidential Fellowship from the New School for Social Research, Puaschunder is currently designing the first International Macroeconomic Intergenerational Transfer Model. The model is comprised of economic, environmental, and social facets. Additional information on her research can be found at http://juliampuaschunder.com/.

When asked about her time at Maxwell, Puaschunder believes it to be one of the most productive and intellectually stimulating experiences of her academic career. She went on to say, "Maxwell was a combination of constant excellent faculty advice, outstanding career enhancement opportunities, and mind-opening ideas."

As an international student, Puaschunder was truly fascinated by all Maxwell had to offer such as the alumni connections at the global governance, state, and local government levels. "The MPA curriculum allowed for an impressive range of specializations and exposure to real-world policy work. Courses and projects in Washington D.C. and at the UN in New York City, enabled me to work closely with top-notch policy makers and public leaders," Puaschunder said. After graduation, the Maxwell ties only strengthened for her as she was able to engage with alumni and current students on numerous occasions.

Thanks to the generous financial support she received from the Maxwell School and the Austrian-American Fulbright Education Commission, she could dedicate privileged amounts of time to studies, research and academic service. During her time at Maxwell, she was the co-editor for the Princeton University Journal of Public and International Affairs. Puaschunder took full advantage of the many interesting pro-bono policy work opportunities and field trips offered at Maxwell. Through these opportunities she visited the US Department of Education and the UN.

The connections she made at Maxwell have opened up the academic and international global governance market for her and for that she is forever grateful. Puaschunder's advice to current Maxwell students is to consider the Maxwell School their intellectual home, as she believes the excellent faculty guidance, administrative support, and networking opportunities will last for a lifetime.