William and Mary

Catherine Mahoney

Murray 1693 Scholar

HometownCatherine Mahoney

Oakton, Virginia (Oakton High School)


Economics and Mathematics

Why W&M?

It always felt right. My heart had been set on William and Mary since I was 12 years old. When I was notified of my status as a Murray Scholar finalist, my heart skipped a beat. One morning several weeks later, I opened my phone and saw a missed call from the College and a text reading "Pls call me ASAP so I can offer u a Murray Scholarship. We are excited 2 give you the offer & want u @ WM!" I sat in shock for a few minutes, called my parents, sat on the decision until after lunch, and promptly accepted. The scholarship, the incredible opportunities for research and study abroad, and the amazingly beautiful setting made coming to W&M an easy decision.

What I've Been Doing Recently

I have just returned to campus after spending one semester as an intern at the White House Council of Economic Advisers.  At CEA, I worked with economists on issues such as tax policy, macroeconomic forecasting, and labor market conditions.  My analysis was included in numerous reports and memos for the Executive Office of the President, including the 2014 Economic Report of the President.

Extracurriculars at W&M

I am part of William and Mary’s Dance Team, which performs at all home football and basketball games.  I am also a member of Pointe Blank Dance Company, a student-led dance troupe.  In addition, I do undergraduate research in economics.

Catherine Mahoney
Recent Honors

I received a Glenn Scholarship, an award given to academically distinguished students in economics.

What I Did Last Summer

I traveled to Uganda in summer 2012 and 2013 with the Project on Environment, Food, and Conflict to conduct research on the fisheries labor market in the Lake Victoria region.  I was able to design and implement a field experiment that measured risk attitudes among fishers in the region.  Check out a video about our team’s work.

In addition to my travel for field work in Uganda, I made an 11-country overland sweep of Europe all the way from Amsterdam to Istanbul, took a road trip across the United States, and camped out at a music festival in southwest Virginia (where I saw fellow 1693 Scholar Haley Bauser’s band play!)


I intend to return to Africa to continue my research and do my 1693 project.  My project will continue to investigate the risk attitudes of fishers in Lake Victoria, and determine the relationship between risk attitudes, compliance with fishing regulations, and investment.