Jakina Debnam is an assistant professor of economics at Amherst College. She earned her PhD in Economics at Cornell University. Prior to becoming a student at Cornell University, she was a Research Analyst at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University where she researched federal tax and budget issues. Jakina graduated from Brown University in 2009 with a bachelor of arts in applied mathematics and economics. She was also a Mercatus Center Adam Smith Fellow during the 2012-2013 academic year, as well as a Mercatus Visiting PhD Fellow.