Maria Rosales-Rueda is assistant professor of economics at Rutgers University–Newark. Her research interests lie in the fields of human capital, health, and development economics. Her main line of research examines the impacts and interactions of different social interventions and family investments in the process of human capital formation in the short and long-term, and whether these effects translate to the next generation. Another area of research studies the link between environmental factors and human capital outcomes across the life cycle. Previously, she was assistant professor at UC Irvine School of Education and a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Economics and the Center of Health and Wellbeing at Princeton University. She received an MA in economics from the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia and a PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago.