Kaitlyn Sims


Kait is a PhD candidate in Agricultural and Applied Economics specializing in economic development. She works at various junctures of political economy and policy analysis, with specific interest in the ways that people cope with conflict, political instability, and other forms of uncertainty. She draws actively on frameworks developed in psychology and sociology, especially as they relate to trauma (intergenerational and otherwise) and self-concept. Kait joined Gibbs Lab in 2020, focusing on policy interventions and sustainable productivity in the Brazilian cattle sector. She received her BA in Economics from California State University, Fresno, and her MS in Agricultural and Applied Economics from UW-Madison in 2019. Outside of the office, she can be found at the dog park or reading at coffee shops. She also teaches yoga (RYT200) and is a novice oil painter.