Adriana Kugler is a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and full professor at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. In 2011 and 2012, she served as chief economist of the U.S. Department of Labor, where she worked actively to develop policies and proposals on unemployment insurance, training programs, retirement benefits, overtime pay and minimum wages, immigration, disability insurance, and occupational safety regulations.
Kugler has worked extensively on the impact of policies—including payroll taxes, employment protections, occupational licensing, and trade policies—on unemployment and wages. She also examined the impact of immigration on native workers, as well as the assimilation of immigrants in the economy. Her contribution on the impact of policies and regulations was recognized with the 2007 John T. Dunlop Outstanding Scholar Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association. More recently, one of her papers garnered the 2010 First Prize for Best Contribution in the area of “Globalization, Regulations and Development” from the Global Development Network.
Her work has been published in top general interest and specialized academic journals and has been covered in multiple policy reports, including the World Development Report published by the World Bank and annual development reports published by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
Her research and policy work have been covered in The Economist magazine, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Atlantic, National Journal, The Hill, NBC Latino, BBC Mundo, CNNMoney, Fox Business, C-SPAN, Nightly Business Report, Univision, Telemundo, NTN24, and National Public Radio, among others.
Kugler has testified as an expert witness in front of the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee and has participated in numerous panels in Congress. As an undergraduate, Kugler was an intern for Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) at a time when Mikulski was a junior senator and one of only two women in the U.S. Senate.
Kugler currently serves on the Technical Advisory Committee of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and on the Committee of Visitors of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Social and Economic Sciences. She is a research associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research and a research fellow for the Center for Economic Policy Research, Institute for the Study of Labor, Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration, and the Center for the Study of Poverty and Inequality at Stanford University.