Ashlyn Aiko Nelson

Current Position: 

Assistant Professor, School of Public and Environmental Affairs; Adjunct Assistant Professor (by courtesy), School of Education, Indiana University

Ashlyn Nelson

Ashlyn Aiko Nelson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) at Indiana University. Her research examines how financial institutions, credit markets, housing markets, and education finance policies influence (1) the distribution of credit and education quality across communities and children, and (2) children’s education outcomes. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. Prior to her current appointment, she served as the Fair Lending Officer at IndyMac Bank and as Assistant Vice President of Analysis & Information Management at Bank of America. She received her Ph.D. in Economics of Education (2005) and M.A. in Economics (2003) from Stanford, and a B.A. in Economics (2001) and B.S. in Business Administration (2001) from the University of Southern California.