HeskeHeske van Doornen

Heske grew up in Amsterdam, completed high school in India, and worked at a startup in NYC. Now a graduate student at the Levy Economics Institute, Heske writes and illustrates to make complex economic concepts accessible to a wide audience. To see more of her work, go to


Carlos Carlos Maciel

Carlos is a member of the first class of the Levy Institute MS program. His thesis work is a framework for a environmentally friendly Job Guarantee program. He is a graduate of Denison university where he majored in Economics and International Studies. Topics of interest include inequality, sustainability, financial economics, and community development. In addition to The Minskys, Carlos also writes as a research fellow to the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity. Carlos goes on long runs and insofar he is not dead.


Vitor-C-FlatVitor Mello

Vitor grew up in Brazil and joined the first class of the Levy Institute MS program after obtaining his BA in International Relations and Economics at Facamp. Fields of interest include economic development, international financial structure, income distribution and inequality. He would rather have the blog named “Vitor and the Minskys” – no one followed his idea though.



Lara Merling

Lara discovered the legacy of Hyman Minsky and the research of the Levy Institute during her undergraduate studies at Bard College. Now, as a member of the first class of graduate students at the Levy Institute, Lara’s goal is to deepen her understanding of post-Keynesian economics and to advocate for a change in how economic policy is drafted. @LaraMerling



OscarOscar Valdes-Viera

Oscar is part of the second class of graduate students at the Levy Institute. He studied at the University of Havana before transferring to Bard College to obtain a BA in Economics. His research interests include modern monetary theory and its policy applications, macroeconomics, and political economy. Oscar is an avid player of football, which he refuses to call soccer. Follow him on Twitter: @ovaldesviera


Brad-C-FlatBrad Voracek

Brad grew up in California and went to UC Berkeley to study Computer Science. After graduating and working in tech for a short while he came to the Levy Institute to study the economic system rather than computer systems. Follow him on Twitter: @bradvoracek





MarMariamawit Fantahun

Mariamawit grew up in Ethiopia and is part of the first class of the Levy Economics MS program. After earning her dual-degree in Economics and Business Administration with a minor in International Business, she returned to Ethiopia and worked for two years. Field of interests include macroeconomics, global financial markets, modern money theory, stock-flow consistency, international development and  economic policy. Mariamawit loves reading, writing poetry, listening to music from across the world and photography. She has a big weakness for books, so don’t let her get inside a bookstore. 🙂 Her twitter page is @FTadessem

DaniellaDaniella Medina 

Daniella is one of the second batch of graduate students studying at the Levy Institute at Bard College. Her interests include strata/distribution and inequality, gender-aware economics, environmental economics, and applied microeconomics. Her research [almost] always employs intersectionality as a framework and currently concerns wealth differences at specific social locations by race, gender, and age cohort. She’s a research intern at Demos, an avid painter, poet, concert-goer, activist & Tumblr blogger, an intersectional WOC feminist, and a nascent twitter user. Proud writer of excessively lengthy sentences, fluent in sarcasm and general snark.


Domenico Viola

Domenico is a current first year student at the Levy Economics Institute. He hails from Italy, where he is an active member of the Italian Modern Money Theory network. His research focuses on post-Keynesian macro-economics, as well as the works of Hyman Minsky.