Mason Economics Well Represented on Forbes '30 Under 30' List

Scores of notable scientists, business people, musicians, and policy experts wait years to see their work receive recognition from their peers. Others simply skip the wait and make a difference from the start.

Each year, Forbes presents a listing of its “30 Under 30,” which includes entrepreneurs, policy makers, and innovators: all people with notable talents and influence who are making a difference despite their young ages.

Forbes chooses thirty young achievers from twenty different sectors, ranging from finance to music, from sports to social entrepreneurs. This year’s listing includes three current or former Mason students in its Law & Policy sector.

Liya Palagashvili, BS ‘11, MA ‘12, PhD ’15, Economics, is an assistant professor at the State University of New York, Purchase, who has published research in academic journals and in publications such as the New York Times. While an undergraduate at Mason, Liya received the Dean’s Challenge Scholarship (2009-10).

Andrea Castillo is the program manager of the technology policy program for the Mercatus Center at Mason, with an expertise in cybersecurity issues. She is also a student in Mason’s PhD program in economics, and a contributor to Reason magazine.

Christopher Koopman, LLM ’14, is a research fellow at the Mercatus Center and is a professor of economics and law at Mason’s law school.

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