Marina Mileo Gorzig

Assistant Professor
St. Catherine University

Marina Mileo Gorzig (née Gorsuch) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Economics and Political Science at St. Catherine University, a women-focused liberal arts college in St. Paul, Minnesota. Marina is an applied microeconomist whose research focuses on social inequalities, particularly discrimination in the labor market and health disparities. She has published her research in economics, public policy, and public health journals including the American Journal of Public Health, ILR Review, International Indigenous Policy Journal, Injury Prevention, and the Journal of Economic and Social Measurement.  

Marina enjoys introducing undergraduate students to research, particularly engaging students in research projects that examine inequality and discrimination in Minnesota. After joining St. Catherine University, Marina started a popular new major in Public Policy and serves as the director of the public policy program. Marina is also actively involved with increasing inclusion for LGBTQIA+ students, faculty, and staff on campus.  

Marina received her PhD in Public Policy from Duke University, an MS in Economics from Tufts University, and a BA in Economics from Earlham College. Marina loves dogs, all-season bike commuting, Nordic skiing, and trail running.      


Numerous cities in the United States have passed "ban the box" policies that restrict the use of background checks in the housing application process. However, previous research has found that ban the box policies for employment applications increase discrimination against young Black and Latino men. In this project, the research team will examine the impact of background checks in the housing application process, asking two questions.