She was formerly the Paul Sack Associate Professor of Political Economy and Social Studies at Harvard University.
Her research studies the labor market performance and educational investment decisions of disadvantaged and socially excluded groups.
Her research has shown how manager bias can depress the job performance of minorities, how the cost of developing a reputation can make it difficult for young workers to enter the labor market, how marriage market concerns can lead women to invest less in labor market success, and how financial aid can increase the educational attainment of low-income students. Pallais received her B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Virginia in 2006 and her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT in 2011.