Our Team

  • Rob Albright Collinson

    Rob Albright Collinson is a doctoral fellow at the NYU Furman Center and a doctoral student at NYU Wagner. Previously, he served as an analyst in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), where he provided data and analytical support to HUD program offices and senior leadership on a wide-range of policy issues. His research interests span urban, public, and labor economics. In a recent paper with Peter Ganong, he examined the economic incidence of housing vouchers. Currently, he is assisting on NYU Furman Center research on the intersection of housing vouchers and schools. Rob holds a M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from the College of Wooster in Ohio.

  • Xiaodi Li

    Xiaodi Li is a doctoral fellow at the NYU Furman Center and a doctoral student at NYU Wagner. She is interested in housing policy in the digital age, with a focus on short-term rental regulation. Xiaodi holds a B.A. from Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (China) and an M.A. in Public Policy from Cornell University.

  • Fei Li

    Fei Li is a doctoral student at NYU Wagner visiting at the NYU Furman Center. She is broadly interested in urban policy, including affordable housing, social segregation, sustainable transport policies and activity-travel behavior. Her recent work has focused on three major topics: 1. the effects of mandatory inclusionary zoning, or affordable housing requirements for private housing developments, on housing production and the geography of affordable housing; 2. the implications of off-street parking standards, including minimum requirements and maximum caps,on parking supply, housing production and prices; and 3. the assessment of social segregation beyond residential space. Fei holds a B.A. in Urban Planning from Peking University (China) and an M.A. in Geography from Hong Kong Baptist University. 

  • Marie Mercier

    Marie Mercier is a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at NYU. Her general interests include race, inequality, residential segregation, and law and society. Before coming to NYU, Marie was an attorney at a New York law firm where she worked on commercial litigation matters as well as pro bono matters. Marie earned her J.D. cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a Dean’s Scholar. She earned her A.B. in Sociology and a certificate in African American Studies from Princeton University.  

  • Gerard Torrats-Espinosa

    Gerard Torrats-Espinosa is a doctoral fellow at the NYU Furman Center and a doctoral student in the Department of Sociology at NYU. He is broadly interested in neighborhood effects, social stratification, and social mobility. During his doctoral studies, he will investigate the role that community violence plays as a mediating mechanism between neighborhood socio-demographic characteristics and children’s cognitive outcomes and developmental trajectories. At the NYU Furman Center, he is contributing to work on crime and residential segregation. Gerard holds a B.S. in Building Engineering from Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain) and an M.A. in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.