Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow

Areas of Expertise: Access to Good Jobs, Automation & Future of Work, STEM and Innovation

Zohal Barsi is the Mariam K Chamberlain Fellow for 2019-2020 at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. Zohal works on projects related to employment and earnings, including advocating for childcare as a labor rights issue, exploring automation and the future of work, and understanding the rise of entrepreneurship among women of color.

Prior to joining IWPR, Zohal served as an Administrative Intern at YMCA of the Central Bay Area Head Start. In her time there, she oversaw the digitizing of data for a pilot program the allowed parents of Head Start students to take night courses and earn their Associates Degrees in early childhood education.

This past summer, she was a scholar in the Advanced Cohort of the American Economic Association Summer Training and Scholarship Program at Michigan State University. In addition to courses in microeconomics, math and econometrics, Zohal completed a project that explored the impacts leisure enhancing technologies, for example, cellphone applications, have on time allocation by country.

Zohal received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and English from Wellesley College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, completing a year at the London School of Economics and Political Science in London, England.