Professor Kalikman developed his interest in mortgage finance throughout several years as a quantitative researcher at a mortgage-focused hedge fund. He led a team of programmers and data scientists who worked extensively with loan-level, borrower-level, and property-level microdata to develop applied models of mortgage performance, housing market dynamics, and consumer credit availability. The team’s research was presented at academic and policy institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank, the Santa Fe Institute, and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
Professor Kalikman’s interest in economic policy developed further through his service as a consulting economic policy advisor to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign. He has advised other policymakers, including members of the U.S. Senate, and also served as the lead economist for a family office that specialized in financial regulation and fintech venture capital, working closely with a former Under Secretary of the Treasury and a former Comptroller of the Currency.
Professor Kalikman previously taught mathematics, computer science, and robotics at the middle school through university levels.
Professor Kalikman serves on the board of Students For Educational Justice, a youth-led, intergenerational organizing body that drives efforts for racial and educational justice and cultivates self-pride in young BIPOC (Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color). SEJ envisions a just education system and an equitable society in which all people understand the history of race in the United States and are actively committed to dismantling systemic racism and other forms of oppression. Black Lives Matter.
Professor Kalikman additionally serves on the board of the New York Festival Of Song, New York City’s premier art song organization performing classical and modern repertoire, and as President of the Exeter Association of Greater New York, Phillips Exeter Academy’s largest and most active regional alumni association.
Professor Kalikman prefers to code in Julia and to perform data analysis in R. He has experience coding in C, C++, Haskell, Java, Mathematica, Matlab, Python, SQL, and Shell. He is an experienced terminal and git user, with obsessively configured vim and zsh installations. He typesets in $ \LaTeX $, and created this website using Jekyll with a customized Minimal Mistakes theme.
Professor Kalikman enjoys cooking, reading, making and listening to music, dancing, travel, puzzles, hanging out with his little brother and sister, and wandering into new places to drink coffee and eat tacos in his beloved New York City.