Clarissa Skinner MSc (research assistant April-May 2019)
Clarissa Skinner worked as a Research Assistant for the CAPABLE project, during which time she compiled information on Dutch policies related to childcare, dependent care, and employment regimes. Passionate about reducing income inequality and social exclusion, her interests center on increasing the accessibility and effectiveness of social security programs, from evaluating such programs to effectively communicating information and research about them to end-users and policy-makers. In her home country, the United States, she assessed whether seniors were eligible for government benefits and assisted them with their applications in both English and Mandarin Chinese as a Benefits Outreach Specialist at Benefits Data Trust. After moving to the Hague in 2015, she worked for two years as an Assistant Analyst and later a freelance Analyst at an international relations think tank, where she co-authored two background papers for the Global Parliament of Mayors.
Clarissa holds an MSc in Social Policy (Research) with Distinction from the London School of Economics. At the LSE, she explored why take-up of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits among American seniors remains low by researching the relationship between take-up of SNAP among seniors and the interaction between seniors’ characteristics and state policies. She also holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College.