PhD Student in Government and Social Policy, and Fellow in Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University
Expertise & Civic Involvements
Hertel-Fernandez’s research currently focuses on the Democratic Party and the politics of federal tax policy; the sustainability of social insurance programs, with an emphasis on unemployment insurance and Social Security; and the politics of organized labor and business interests in advanced democracies. Hertel-Fernandez is a member of the Roosevelt Institute Pipeline’s Boston Chapter, and is a former Board Member of the National New Deal Preservation Association.
"The Erosion of American Unemployment Insurance: The Politics of Financing Social Insurance in the United States," working paper presented to the Tobin Project’s Group on Democracy and Markets, October, 2011. Examines why financing of the American unemployment insurance system has eroded over the past forty years and argues that the original design of the policy has undermined future efforts to fund the system in a sustainable manner.
"Death by Taxes: Why Democrats Struggle with the Politics of Revenue," working paper presented to the History, Institutions, and Politics Workshop at Harvard, September, 2011. Explores why Democrats were unable to end the high-income Bush tax cuts in 2010 and hypothesizes why Democrats might struggle with the politics of revenue.
A Young Person’s Guide to Social Security (with ) (Economic Policy Institute, 2011). Presents a comprehensive guide to Social Security, written by young authors for young people.
"A New Deal for Young Adults: Social Security Benefits for Post-Secondary School Students," National Academy of Social Insurance Policy Brief, May, 2010. Makes the case for restoring Social Security benefits for post-secondary school students whose parents have died or become disabled.
- "A New Deal for Young Adults: Social Security for Students," Campaign for America’s Future Blog, May 14, 2010.
Talks and Briefings
- "A New Deal for Young Adults," National Academy of Social Insurance Capitol Hill Briefing on Social Security Student Benefits, May 14, 2010.