Academic Advisory Board

The National Institute on Retirement Security’s Academic Advisory Board works to ensure NIRS research continues to meet the highest standards. Members include the following experts in the fields of retirement policy, economics, law, and actuarial science:

  • Dr. Sylvia Allegretto, PhD, Research Economist and Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics Co-Chair, Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, University of California, Berkeley.
  • Dr. Brad M. Barber, PhD, Professor of Finance, Graduate School of Management and Director, Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility, University of California Davis.
  • Mr. Ron Gebhardtsbauer, FSA, MAAA, Faculty-in-Charge, Actuarial Science Program, Smeal College of Business, Pennsylvania State University.
  • Dr. Teresa Ghilarducci, PhD, Irene and Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of Economics, Director, Bernard Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis, New School for Social Research.
  • Dr. Jacob S. Hacker, PhD, Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University, and a Resident Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. Dr. Hacker is also a Fellow at the New America Foundation in Washington, D.C., and a former Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows.
  • Dean Regina T. Jefferson, JD, LLM, Professor of Law, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America.
  • Dr. Jeffrey H. Keefe, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University. Dr. Keefe is also a Research Associate at the Economic Policy Institute.
  • Dr. Eric Kingson, PhD, Professor of Social Work, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics, Faculty Affiliate, Aging Studies Institute, Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research, Syracuse University.
  • Dr. Alicia H. Munnell, PhD, Peter F. Drucker Professor of Management Sciences, Carroll School of Management, Director, Center for Retirement Research, Boston College.
  • Dr. Christian E. Weller, PhD, Professor at University of Massachusetts Boston in the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs. Dr. Weller is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.
  • Dr. Jeffrey B. Wenger, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia.

NIRS appreciates the commitment of these national experts to its retirement research program. Drawing on the Academic Advisory Board’s deep experience and wealth of perspectives further strengthens NIRS’ research and enhances the organization’s ability to contribute pragmatic policy solutions for overcoming the retirement crisis in America.