Associate Director, Research
Pew Research Center's Hispanic Trends Project
Rakesh Kochhar is associate director for research at the Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends Project. He is an expert on trends in the employment, income and wealth of Hispanic and immigrant workers. His research also focuses on the economic well-being of white, black and Asian workers, American families and the middle class. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, he was senior economist at Joel Popkin and Company, where he served as a consultant to government agencies, private firms, international agencies and labor unions. Kochhar received his doctorate in economics from Brown University. He is the author or co-author of studies on employment, wealth, homeownership, the middle class, multi-generation families and the Great Recession. These studies have received widespread coverage in the print media, including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. Kochhar has also appeared on NPR, CNN, MSNBC, Fox and other radio and television outlets. He has testified before Congress and regularly speaks at professional, academic and business conferences.