Our Team

  • Rob Albright Collinson

    Rob Albright Collinson is a doctoral fellow at the NYU Furman Center and a first-year 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.

  • Sun Lee

    Sun Lee is a Doctoral Fellow at the NYU Furman Center and a Ph.D. candidate at Columbia University in Economics. She is broadly interested in economic geography and urban public policies. She is currently working on projects related to transit infrastructure, site location analysis, predicting gentrification, and optimal taxation. Before beginning her graduate study, she served as a researcher at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, and worked with Seoul City government to implement supplementary education program for students from low-income households. She holds a B.A. in Economics from Yonsei University, and M.A. and M.Phil. degrees in Economics from Columbia University.

  • Xiaodi Li

    Xiaodi Li is a doctoral fellow at the NYU Furman Center and a first-year doctoral student at NYU Wager. She is broadly interested in housing and transportation policy. Previously, she interned with the real estate team of Roland Berger consulting firm, the infrastructure team of Standard Chartered private equity department, and the highway team of China Development Bank. Xiaodi holds a B.A. from Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management (China) and a M.A. in Public Policy from Cornell University.

  • Fei Li

    Fei Li is a fifth-year doctoral student at NYU Wagner visiting at the NYU Furman Center for the 2015-2016 academic year. 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 first-year 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.  

  • Davin Reed

    Davin Reed is a fifth year doctoral student at New York University's Wagner School and a doctoral fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. His research addresses questions in urban economics and labor economics. He is broadly interested in the challenges and opportunities that cities and neighborhoods present to different households and the role of housing policy in shaping those challenges and opportunities. He is currently working on research on contributors to homelessness; effects of eviction and housing instability; causes of gentrification; and the welfare and distributional effects of gentrification. Before Wagner, he worked for four years at the Public Policy Institute of California in San Francisco and for two years at Mathematica Policy Research in Oakland. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Macalester College.

  • Gerard Torrats-Espinosa

    Gerard Torrats-Espinosa is a first-year doctoral student in 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 a M.A. in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.