Mary A. Bathon joined the Busch School of Business as a Research Associate in the summer of 2018, where she provides strategic support for multiple ongoing faculty projects in the Social Research group. Previously, she worked in the United States Senate on the policy team for Senator Mike Lee (R-UT), where she managed and developed legislative initiatives related to the federal budget, tax, and trade policy. Bathon’s research interests include demography, Catholic social thought, and political economy. She graduated magna cum laude from Ave Maria University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. During her undergraduate studies, Bathon worked briefly at the United States Embassy to Croatia in the Political/Economic Office, where she was recognized by U.S. Ambassador Kenneth H. Merton for “extraordinary teamwork, dedication, and organization in support of the 2015 Brown Forum” and for “contributing to successful advancement of U.S. goals of realizing economic reform and sustained growth in the Southeast Europe region.” Bathon is both a Heritage Foundation Congressional Fellow and a 2018-2019 Leonine Fellow. She resides in Washington, D.C., and is an avid hiker, enjoying the Shenandoah and extensive portions of the Appalachian trail whenever possible. She considers her completion of the 500-mile Camino de Santiago trail in Spain in 2013 as one of the most formative experiences in her life.