Research &Teaching

My main research interests include Public Finance, Public Opinion, Education & Social Welfare Policy, Economic Geography and Inequality, Rural Political Economy, and Survey & Quantitative Methods. As an instructor, my teaching philosophy is based on interactive learning, making connections between material, and not only learning, but analyzing material from a critical perspective. I enjoy teaching concepts that I am passionate about and working with students to critically understand the puzzles around them. I am also interested in languages and previously taught and organized Basque classes in Boston.

Work in Progress

“Economic Geography and Public Goods: How the Local Economy Shapes Education Preferences”

“Check thy Neighbor? Perceptions of Public Goods Across County Lines”

“Local Knowledge Economies and Political Preferences: New Survey Evidence from the Case of Germany”, with Marius Busemeyer

“Subsidizing Farms and Food: Examining Self-Interest & Redistributive Preferences” with Stephen Ansolabehere

“Information Provision and Support for Inheritance Taxation: Evidence from Representative Survey Experiments in Germany” with Guido Schwerdt, Mark Kapteina, & Luna Bellani

“Who Wants Spending Cuts (and Where)? Spatial Inequality and Tax Preferences in the US”, with Nils Röper and Alexander Trubowitz

“Local Income Inequality and Redistributive Preferences across Space and Time”, with Nils Röper

Published Work

Berriochoa, K. (2022). The Effect of Ethnic and Racial Diversity on School Funding across the Urban-Rural Divide. Journal of Education Finance (forthcoming).

Goirizelaia, M., & Berriochoa, K. (2019). News from the Old Country: Media Consumption by the Basque Diaspora in the United States. Communication & Society, 32(3). (Online).

Chan, C. S. & Berriochoa, K., (2015). Psychology of Asian Americans. Integrating Multiculturalism and Intersectionality Into the Psychology Curriculum: Strategies for Instructors. Ed. Jasmine Mena & Kathryn Quina. American Psychological Association, 2019. 89-103. Print.

Berriochoa, K., (2014) “Saving Euskara: The Basque Language Renaissance.” Becoming Basque: Ethnic Heritage of Boise’s Grove Street. Ed. John Bieter, Dave Lachiondo, John Ysursa, Larry Burke, Patty Miller, & Todd Shallat. Investigate Boise Community Research Series, Vol. 5. Boise State University, 2014. 30-48. Print & Online.

Wampler, B., Lewis, R., & Berriochoa, K., (2013) “Engaging Citizens to Expand Accountability,” Accountability in Context. Ed. Peter Spink, Jacqueline Brigagao, and Gonzalo Delamaza. Sao Paulo: Editora da FGV, 2013. 33-60. Print.

Berriochoa, K., (2014) “Saving Euskara: The Basque language renaissance.” The Blue Review: Popular Scholarship in the Public Interest. Boise State University. Read here.

Policy Research

Evaluation of Digital Library Access in Public Health Departments

Fall 2017. National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

In this project, I coordinated and conducted qualitative interviews of users of the Public Health Digital Library in Portland, Oregon. I oversaw the development of assessment measures, primary data collection (qualitative interviews) and rigorous data analysis (driven by research methods and goals), including coding of interview transcripts and analysis of emerging themes. The final product included a published report of evaluation results and policy recommendations.

Fall 2019. National Network of Libraries of Medicine.

As lead researcher, I coordinated and conducted qualitative interviews of public health practitioners and administrators in local health districts in Colorado and Oregon. The final product included a published report of evaluation results and policy recommendations to improve access to peer-reviewed research in local public health districts. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) was also used in this analysis.


Politics & Public Administration, University of Konstanz

  • Instructor, American Welfare State Seminar, Winter 2020

  • Instructor, Politics of Poverty Seminar, Winter 2020

Economics, UMass Boston

  • Instructor, Economics of Social Welfare, Spring & Fall 2018/19

  • Instructor, Political Economy Workshop, Summer 2018

Global Comparative Public Administration, UMass Boston

  • Instructor, Public Management in the Global Perspective, Fall 2017

Public Affairs, UMass Boston

  • Teaching Assistant, Public Policy, Organizations, and Social Change, Fall 2014

Basque, New England Basque Club

  • Instructor & Organizer, Basque Language Courses, 2015- 2019