Ava LaPlante is a junior at St. Catherine University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Public Policy. She is a research collaborator with Dr. Kristine West on the "Welcoming the Dear Neighbor?" economics project, a project that examines the effect of racial covenants on economic upward mobility. She has also worked as a research assistant with Dr. Caroline Krafft to coauthor a soon-to-be-published paper on the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic on the labor force in Tunisia, Egypt, Jordan, Sudan, and Morocco. When she is not in classes or at work, Ava enjoys crocheting and playing video games.