Sara C. Kingsley is a MS candidate (Labor Studies) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her primary academic curiosities range from labor and behavioral economics to communication networking technologies. She is currently working on projects investigating the competitiveness of online labor markets, specifically commercial, crowdsourcing platforms like Amazon Mechanical Turk (AMT). She has also spent the last year designing, in collaboration with a team of international researchers, a series of economic impact studies to accompany broadband pilot networks located in sub-Saharan Africa.
On top of being an economic/tech nerd, Sara is a well-weathered policy professional. Currently, she is a visiting research intern for Microsoft’s legal arm. On the tech policy front for Microsoft, she focuses on topics related to net neutrality, anti-trust in the broadband service provider space, and digital divide issues. Before coming to Microsoft, Sara worked for the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy and served as a political appointee in the Administration of President Barack H. Obama at the U.S. Department of Labor. At the U.S. Department of Labor, she served as a congressional liaison for the Employee Benefit Security Administration (EBSA), the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC), and the Wage and Hour Division (WHD).