Catherine Lawlor

Research Associate

Why LEO?

"I fell in love with my economics coursework because of the ability to use research to constantly learn about topics most relevant to day-to-day life in the United States. I knew I wanted to pursue research in economics and gain exposure to research methods while working to find answers that can help achieve more effective policy.

LEO attracted me because it was the embodiment of all that Notre Dame had instilled in me as an undergraduate, to be a leader of conscience and a force for good. LEO finds the intersection between academia and purpose, using research and program analysis to improve people's lives and work towards ending poverty. I am thrilled to put my education and skills towards impacting people's lives positively with a mission to end poverty."


Catherine works with research faculty and partners on a portfolio of impact evaluations. Throughout projects' life cycles, she works with partners to initiate research designs, collect and analyze data for each project, and prepare results for future audiences. Catherine holds a BBA in Finance and Economics from the University of Notre Dame, and her research interests include education and labor economics.

Phone: 574.631.6449
Office: Jenkins Nanovic 3104