Tara M. Sinclair earned a BA in Foreign Languages from Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, and an MA and PhD in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. Before starting graduate school, she worked as a commercial real estate appraiser in Chicago. She has also been a visiting scholar at the St. Louis Federal Reserve and a visiting associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin.
Sinclair’s research interests focus on modeling, explaining, and forecasting labor market conditions, recessions, and other macroeconomic developments around the world. She is co-director of the GW Research Program on Forecasting, a member of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee, and a senior fellow of the Indeed Hiring Lab, the research arm of the world's #1 job site. She is also a research professor at the Halle Institute for Economic Research (IWH) in Germany, and a research associate at the Center for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) at the Australian National University. She is regularly quoted by the press, including in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Financial Times, and has appeared on CNN, C-Span, NPR, Fox Business, Bloomberg Radio and TV, and various other national and international outlets.