Indiana University has appointed Kosali Simon a Class of 1948 Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor. She is a professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The award has been bestowed previously on only two other IU faculty members. Simon is a nationally known health economist whose research applies economic analysis to questions about health insurance and health care policy. She has published widely on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on health care and labor market outcomes. Simon is also a national leader in her profession, serving on several boards and in editorial positions. The Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor position was endowed by the IU Bloomington Class of 1948 to honor Herman B. Wells, who served as IU’s 11th president from 1937 until he retired in 1962 and university chancellor from 1962 until his death in 2000. Simon is highly regarded for her teaching as well as her scholarship. She received the Indiana University Trustees Award for Teaching in 2015 and has received several national research awards. An IU Bloomington faculty member since 2010, Simon is a research associate of the National Bureau for Economic Research and has just concluded a seven-year term as a board member of the American Society of Health Economists. She serves on the board of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in Economics, where she directs a national mentoring program for female assistant professors in economics. Simon was also recently elected to the leadership team of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and is an associate editor of Health Economics and an editorial board member of the American Journal of Health Economics and the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. With the appointment, Simon will carry the title of 1948 Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor for the remainder of her career at IU Bloomington. She will receive a grant of $10,000 per year for five years, designated for activities that enrich the educational experience at IU Bloomington. Simon plans to use these funds to create research fellowships for undergraduate students.

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