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Jamein Cunningham

Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Portland State University


Jamein P. Cunningham is a trained economist in the fields of Labor and Demography. His primary areas of research are in the economics of crime, law, and social capital. His research agenda studies the impact of historical structures and institutions during the 1960s and 1970s on the everyday lives of the indigent. Current projects include the examination of the federally funded legal aid, in particular focusing on access to social justice, economic justice, and federal aid for family support. Relatedly, his research agenda centers around the socio-economic issues of policing, police resources, and crime. Jamein is an Assistant Professor in the Economics Department at Portland State University. He completed his Ph.D in Economics at the University of Michigan where he was a Population Studies Center Graduate Trainee and the recipient of the Rackham Merit Fellowship and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute in Child Health and Development Fellowship.