Sandra Aguilar Gomez


Sandra Aguilar Gomez is an alumni of the Sustainable Development PhD program. She is currently a postdoc at the Center for Global Transformation at UC San Diego and will join join Universidad de los Andes as an Assistant Professor of Economics in Fall 2022.  

While at Columbia University, Sandra was awarded the Wu Fellowship for her research in health, wellbeing and public policy, as well as the Center for Development Economics and Policy Research Grant and the 2019 Lead Teaching Fellowship. Her main research interests lie in the fields of health, climate change, and development economics.

Her ongoing research focuses on gender disparities in the context of natural resource shocks (particularly, the California Gold Rush), as well as environmental impacts on women’s health in developing countries (Mexico and Tanzania). She also studies social norms formation, transmission and their impact on economic outcomes. 

She has worked with the Data Science group of Mt. Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, and the Economic Research Division at Mexico’s Central Bank, where she conducted research on health policy, crime prevention and financial inclusion.  She holds a Master in Applied Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), as well as a degree in Economics from the same university.