Biographical sketchRyan D. Edwards is an associate adjunct professor with the Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership program in the Department of Community Health Systems, UCSF; and he is a lecturer and research associate at the Berkeley Population Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Edwards earned his Ph.D. in economics at the University of California at Berkeley in 2002, where he was a predoctoral trainee in demography funded by a grant from the National Institute on Aging. He received his undergraduate degree in public and international affairs from Princeton University in 1996. Edwards was a staff economist at the Council of Economic Advisers from 1998 to 1999. Following his doctoral studies, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Stanford University from 2002 to 2004 and at the RAND Corporation from 2004 to 2006.
In 2006, Dr. Edwards joined the faculty Queens College in the City University of New York as an assistant professor of economics. He became a member of the doctoral faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan and a faculty associate of the CUNY Institute for Demography Research in 2007. He received tenure and promotion at Queens College in 2011. Dr. Edwards was a research fellow and associate in health economics at the National Bureau of Economic Research starting in 2008. From 2009 to 2013, he served on an Institute of Medicine committee charged with assessing the readjustment needs of recent veterans and their families, contributing to the phase 1 report in 2010 and the phase 2 report in 2013
In 2014, he returned to the San Francisco Bay Area as a visiting professor in the UC Berkeley Department of Demography. During this time, Dr. Edwards served as a consultant to a National Academies panel that reassessed the economic and fiscal impacts of immigration in the U.S. in a report published in 2017. He also developed and led a Data Science connector course on health economics during the inaugural year of Data Science instruction in Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. In 2016, Dr. Edwards left the City University of New York and taught in the economics department at Mills College for a year before taking a position with the Division of Data Sciences at UC Berkeley in 2017. In late 2018, he left the Division to spend a year with the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at UCSF. With DEB, his work focused on the causes and consequences of living alone with cognitive impairment. In 2020, Dr. Edwards returned to teaching and research at Berkeley before joining the faculty of the Healthcare Administration and Interprofessional Leadership program at UCSF starting in the summer.
Beyond topics in health economics and demography, Dr. Edwards has also researched questions in the economics of immigration, the economics of national security, veterans' health and socioeconomic well-being, macroeconomics, formal demography, family economics, and public finance.