Naomi Zewde is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Public Health & Health Policy at the City University of New York, and a research fellow at the Roosevelt Institute. She is formerly a Post Doctoral Research Scientist in social work at Columbia University, a member of the research staff at the Penn Wharton Budget Model, and a research fellow at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Her research centers on economic inequality in wealth and in health insurance and examines the ability of public policies to reduce these inequalities. She has a series of studies on the economic impacts of the Affordable Care Act for the previously uninsured, and the effects of Medicaid expansion on poverty and rates of home eviction. Her work has been published in Health Affairs, the American Journal of Public Health, and the International Journal of Health Economics and Management, and has been covered widely in popular press outlets including the Washington Post and NBC News. Zewde holds a PhD in health policy from Penn State, and an MPH and BA from Emory.