Rebecca Loya's research interests include racial and gender income and wealth inequalities, asset-based poverty alleviation strategies and work support policies for low-income families. Her current research examines the role of sexual violence in creating economic disadvantage and the protective effects of financial assets and social capital.
Before coming to Brown, Loya taught graduate courses on social welfare policy and policy analysis at Boston University’s School of Social Work. Loya received her PhD in social policy from Brandeis University in 2012, where she focused on poverty alleviation and wealth inequality. She completed an MA in psychology from Stanford University, where she also received her BA in psychology with a minor in feminist studies.