Dr. Grace Phillips is an Assistant Professor of Economics at the Fogelman College of Business and Economics at the University of Memphis. She received her B.S. in Economics from the University of Kansas in 2017 and her Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University in 2023. Dr. Phillips is an applied microeconomist who works on topics related to the criminal justice system, public policy, labor economics, and health economics. Her research focuses on how public policy affects inequality and vulnerable populations' economic, labor, health, and incarceration outcomes. One line of work evaluates how state policy shapes mass incarceration, emphasizing recidivism outcomes for formerly incarcerated people. While the other line of work evaluates the social welfare implications of tobacco regulation, especially for vulnerable populations.