Harvard student balancing two doctoral programs and newborn twins

Monday, March 25, 2019 - 17:10 in Psychology & Sociology

Talia Gillis has such a calm, friendly presence you’d never guess that she’s undertaking two doctoral programs while pregnant with twins and running around after a toddler at home. “Did I underestimate the amount of work it would take?” she asked rhetorically. “Yes, probably. But it has been fantastic.” Gillis recognizes that she’s an outlier. “It’s not very common for women to have kids in the economics graduate program, and two is odd, but three is kind of crazy,” she said in early February. “It took a long time to reconcile my self-concern as a graduate student and the fact that I was going to have twins, but a lot of people have been very supportive.” Born in London, Gillis moved with her family to Australia when she was an infant, and then to Israel when she was around 8. It was at Israel’s Hebrew University that she first studied law and economics as an...

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