Riley Acton is an incoming Assistant Professor of Economics in the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. As an applied microeconomist, she studies the connections between education, the labor market, and public policy. Much of her current work focuses on the community college sector, where she examines how tuition rates and local labor market shocks affect students’ enrollment and program choices. In addition, she is interested in how health and education policies interact, and how educational institutions are funded at the local, state, and federal levels. Dr. Acton received her bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics from Ursinus College in 2015 and her Ph.D. in Economics from Michigan State University in the spring of 2020.