Neelam Shukla

Graduate Research Assistant

Neelam Shukla is a Ph. D student in Schar School of Policy and Government and a Research Assistant at the Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE). She has more than a decade experience of working in the Indian Government in various capacities of tax administration across India.


  • M.A. in Economics (India)
  • M.A. in Public Management (Johns Hopkins University)



  • National-level evaluation of the Stepping Up Initiative (Dr. Faye Taxman, P.I.; funded by the National Institute of Mental Health)


Research Interests

  • Taxation and International Relations
  • Qualitative methods
  • Survey research
  • Corrections

What is so fascinating about one research project you are working on at ACE!

Evaluation of stepping Up project is rooted firmly in the ground and addresses a contemporary issue with immense potential for policy implications.

How do you think working on ACE! projects will make you a better researcher?

It is a wonderful opportunity of learning by doing. It’s multidisciplinary approach provides a platform for use of quantitative and qualitative methods to the issues of real world.

If you had to give advice to an agency about evidence-based practices, what would that be?

In the words of Brodkin, giving visibility to otherwise invisible phenomena and providing a way of seeing big by looking small is the essence of evidence-based practices.

Neelam Shukla