School of Public Policy
B.Sc. International Relations, University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, 2006
Master of Public Affairs, University of Missouri, 2013
Ph.D., Public Affairs, University of Missouri, 2021
Teaching & Research Interests
Public Policy Analysis
Christal Hamilton is an Assistant Professor in the UConn School of Public Policy. Christal was previously a postdoctoral research scientist in the Center on Poverty and Social Policy at Columbia University. Her research agenda focuses on the impact of socioeconomic inequality on vulnerable groups and the role of public policy in reducing existing socioeconomic disparities or increasing social mobility. Her current research examines the impact of Medicaid expansion on young adult health-related outcomes, immigrant health and wellbeing, the changing circumstances of young adults, and experiences of hardship around childbirth.
Christal received her Ph.D. in Public Affairs from the University of Missouri in July 2021. She also holds a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Missouri and a B.Sc. in International Relations from the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Prior to academia Christal worked as an elementary and secondary school teacher and in the research department of the inaugural child protection agency in Trinidad and Tobago.
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