L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Luisa Nazareno

Assistant Professor

Raleigh Building, Room 2002 Phone: 804-828-2103 Email: nazarenoll@vcu.edu


-Labor markets
-Future of work
-Social protection, equity, and inequality
-Urban studies

Luísa Nazareno is an Assistant Professor at the Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Her interests cover Labor Markets, Social Protection, and Development, focusing on Latin America and the United States. Dr. Nazareno’s recent work centers on the implications of emerging technologies for workers and society, including online platforms (gig work) and artificial intelligence. Her research has been published in journals such as The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, Journal of Urban Affairs, Technology in Society, Social Indicators Research, Economia Aplicada, the Journal of Information Policy, Population Research and Policy Review, and PLOS One.


Public Policy Economics (PPAD 716)
Seminar in Advanced Analytical Methods (PPAD 724)
Seminar in Urban Policy (PPAD 750)

Survey of Data Analysis Techniques in Public Policy (PPAD 722)


  • Liu, Cathy Yang, and Luisa Nazareno. 2024. State Responses During COVID-18 Pandemic and Their Impacts on Small Businesses. Small Business Economics (https://doi.org/10.1007/s11187-024-00923-1)
  • Churkina, Olga, Luísa Nazareno, and Matteo Zullo. 2023. The Labor Market Outcomes of Bilinguals in the United States: Accumulation and Returns Effects. PLOS One (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0287711)
  • Nazareno, Luísa, and Juliana de Castro Galvao. 2023. The Impact of Conditional Cash Transfers on Poverty, Inequality and Employment During COVID-19: A Case Study from Brazil. Population Research and Policy Review (https://doi.org/10.1007/s11113-023-09749-3)
  • Nazareno, Luísa, Ellen Zegura, and Cathy Yang Liu. 2022. Changes in Mobile Broadband Infrastructure in Georgia during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Journal of Information Policy  (https://doi.org/10.5325/jinfopoli.12.2022.0007)  
  • Nazareno, Luísa, and Cathy Yang Liu. 2022. The Geography of Nonstandard Employment across U.S. Metropolitan Areas. Journal of Urban Affairs (https://doi.org/10.1080/07352166.2022.2053331 )
  • Nazareno, Luísa, and Daniel Schiff. 2021. The Impact of Automation and Artificial Intelligence on Worker Well-Being. Technology in Society. (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.techsoc.2021.101679 ) [
  • Liu, Cathy Yang, and Luísa Nazareno. 2019. The Changing Quality of Nonstandard Work Arrangements: Does Skill Matter? RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences (https://doi.org/10.7758/RSF.2019.5.4.04)
  • Marcelo, Medeiros, Juliana De Castro Galvao, and Luísa Nazareno. 2018. Correcting the Underestimation of Top Incomes: Combining Data from Income Tax Reports and the Brazilian 2010 Census. Social Indicators Research (https://doi.org/10.1007/s11205-016-1498-8)