Our Team

The NYU Furman Center is fortunate to be able to draw upon the talents and expertise of numerous faculty from New York University’s School of Law, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, Stern School of Business, and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

  • Ryan Bubb

    Ryan Bubb

    Ryan Bubb joined the NYU School of Law faculty in Fall 2010. He was formerly a senior researcher at the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, created by Congress to examine the causes of the financial crisis, and a policy analyst at the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget. Bubb’s research focuses on business organizations, financial institutions and law and development. Bubb received his B.S. in physics from the College of William and Mary in 1998. After graduating with a J.D. from Yale Law School and an M.A. in economics from Yale University in 2005, he began doctoral work in the department of economics at Harvard University, where he received a Ph.D. in political economy and government in 2011.

  • Sewin Chan

    Sewin Chan

    Professor Sewin Chan, Associate Professor of Public Policy at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, teaches courses in microeconomics, public finance, and health economics. Her research is concerned with the well-being of individuals and households and how it is shaped by the interaction of economic behavior, market institutions and government policies. Professor Chan’s current focus is on the economics of aging and retirement. Her recent projects include the impact of job loss on older workers, individual responsiveness to financial retirement incentives, and the well-being of caregiving grandparents. Professor Chan has also worked on the economics of the residential housing market, examining the inherent risks of homeownership and designing innovative financial instruments for controlling those risks.

  • Jacob Faber

    Jacob Faber

    Jacob William Faber is an Assistant Professor of Public Service at the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Dr. Faber's research and study focuses on spatial inequality. He leverages observational and experimental methods to study the mechanisms responsible for sorting individuals across space and how the distribution of people by race and class interacts with political, social, and ecological systems to create and sustain economic disparities. While there is a rich literature exploring the geography of opportunity, there remain many unsettled questions about the causes of segregation and its effects on the residents of urban ghettos, wealthy suburbs, and the diverse set of places in between. While in graduate school, Dr. Faber has held several roles including Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University, Doctoral Fellow at the NYU Furman Center, and Senior Researcher at the Center for Social Inclusion. Dr. Faber has received numerous fellowships, grants and awards for his work related to Socio-Economic research. Dr. Faber earned his PhD in Sociology from New York University. He received a Master's in Telecommunications Policy, an M.A. in Urban Studies & Planning as well as a B.A. in Management Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

  • Paula Galowitz

    Paula Galowitz

    For over two decades, Professor Paula Galowitz has concentrated her teaching, scholarship, and bar association work on improving legal services for the indigent. Today, she is widely known both as a clinical teacher and as an expert on civil legal services for indigent clients.

    A graduate of Brooklyn Law School, Galowitz clerked for Judge Jacob D. Fuchsberg of the New York State Court of Appeals before joining the Civil Division of the New York Legal Aid Society. In 1980, she came to NYU School of Law. Professor Galowitz teaches in the Medical-Legal Advocacy Clinic, a clinic which employs a multidisciplinary and holistic approach to provide legal advocacy in a medical setting for clients referred by medical professionals. This clinic is a medical-legal collaboration to improve health outcomes for patients/clients by providing on-site legal advocacy assistance and training to medical providers. a field work clinic that represents indigents in a wide variety of matters involving housing, government benefits, family law, immigration, education, and AIDS-related matters. She also teaches a simulated course on civil litigation and a seminar on Professional Responsibility in the Public Interest.

  • Clayton Gillette

    Clayton Gillette

    Professor Clayton Gillette joined the New York University School of Law faculty in 2000. For the prior eight years, he was the Perre Bowen Professor of Law at the University of Virginia School of Law. Professor Gillette began his teaching career at Boston University where he served as the Warren Scholar in Municipal Law and Associate Dean, and has been a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia as well as at NYU School of Law.

  • Zhan Guo

    Zhan Guo

    Zhan Guo studies transportation and land use, public transit, and pedestrian behavior at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.  He is interested in understanding the multiple travel options faced by individual travelers and how government policies could affect the availability of these options and the subsequent individual decisions.  His research has focused on two interesting and interconnected questions.  First, how does the governmental regulation over the built environment (e.g. land use planning and infrastructure investment) limit travel options and encourage one particular travel means-car driving?  Second, how do travelers perceive different travel options? Could we reinforce, change, or even deceive that perception in order to promote the “right” behavior.  Within this framework, He has conducted empirical studies in Boston, Chicago, London, Portland, and New York City.

  • Louise Harpman

    Louise Harpman

    Louise Harpman is the founder and principal of Louise Harpman PROJECTS whose work focuses on architectural design, design research, and urban design. Before founding PROJECTS, Louise spent 20 years as a principal in the architecture and design firm Specht Harpman. Specht Harpman designed and developed the zeroHouse™, a high-performance, off-the-grid micro dwelling, as well as the Manhattan Micro Loft. Both projects established Specht Harpman as international design leaders in the micro dwelling movement. She is a tenured Associate Professor at NYU's Gallatin School of Individualized Study, and an associated faculty member at the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and the Department of Environmental Studies. Louise is also a Faculty Research Fellow at the NYU Furman Center for the 2015-2016 academic year. Louise is co-author of Global Design: Elsewhere Envisioned (Prestel, 2014), with Gallatin professors Peder Anker and Mitchell Joachim. She is also the co-editor of Perspecta 30: Settlement Patterns (MIT Press, 1999), with Evan Supcoff, in addition to many popular and academic articles. She is a co-founder of Global Design NYU, which advances design innovation and environmentalism. Louise Harpman is a graduate of Harvard University (A.B. cum laude in East Asian Studies), University of Cambridge (M.Phil. in Social Anthropology), and Yale University (M.Arch. in Architecture).

  • Roderick Hills

    Roderick Hills

    Professor Roderick Hills teaches and writes in a variety of public law areas – constitutional law (with an emphasis on doctrines governing federalism), local government law, land-use regulation, jurisdiction and conflicts of law, education law. His interest in these topics springs from their common focus on the problems and promise of decentralization. The United States has one of the most decentralized systems of regulation in the world, placing enormous power over land, schools, assistance to the needy (among many other topics) under the control of subnational governments, ranging from school districts to states. How these governments interact with each other and with higher levels of government poses complex legal questions. As a matter of policy, decentralization is said to have some characteristic virtues (for instance, efficient representation of local preferences) and vices (for instance, promotion of class and race segregation). Professor Hills’ work explores our decentralized legal regime with an eye towards evaluating how well it balances these costs and benefits.

  • James B. Jacobs

    James B. Jacobs

    James B. Jacobs is the Warren E. burger Professor of law and Director, Center for Research in Crime and Justice. He holds a J.D. (‘73) and Ph.D.in Sociology (‘75) from the University of Chicago. His doctoral dissertation, Stateville: The Penitentiary in Mass Society (1977), a classic in penology, is still assigned in classrooms around the country. In 1982, after seven years as a faculty member at Cornell Law School, Professor Jacobs was recruited to New York University School of Law, where he was appointed Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Research in Crime and Justice. He regularly teaches one of the first year sections of criminal law and upper year electives in criminal procedure, federal criminal law and juvenile justice. He also teaches specialized seminars on such subjects as privatization of criminal justice, the jurisprudence of criminal records, labor racketeering, gun control, sentencing, corruption control, prisoners’ rights, victims and criminal procedure, and the war on drugs.

  • Mitchell L. Moss

    Mitchell L. Moss

    Mitchell L. Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, teaches and does research on urban planning and politics, with special emphasis on economic development, telecommunications, and the governance of New York City.

    From 1988 to 2004, Professor Moss served as Director of the Taub Urban Research Center. He is the author of a study on the need for reform of The Stafford Act, the principal federal legislation governing federal disaster policies. Professor Moss’s essays have appeared in The New York Times, the New York Daily News, New York Newsday, The New York Post, and The New York Observer. Professor Moss was voted Professor the Year by NYU Wagner students in 2002 and in 2003, he was awarded the American Planning Association’s NY Metro Chapter’s Robert Ponte Award for his contribution to the vitality of the New York Area. He is the member of the Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York.

  • Katherine O’Regan

    Katherine O’Regan

    Katherine O’Regan is Associate Professor of Public Policy, and Director of the Public and Nonprofit Management and Analysis Program (PNP) at the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, New York University. Her research focuses on issues and programs affecting the urban poor and the neighborhoods in which they live, including transportation problems and access to employment, concentrated poverty and social networks, and affordable housing.  She is currently working on a large project (with Ingrid Gould Ellen) examining neighborhood transitions over the past few decades, including possible broad causes (changes in federal housing policy, and changes in crime, in particular), and outcomes (including possible displacement, and improvements in neighborhood conditions).

  • Jerry Salama

    Jerry Salama

    Jerry Salama is an Adjunct Professor of Law, teaching a course on Land Use, Housing and Community Development in New York City.  He concentrates his research and writing in the affordable housing field.  He has published a study on the redevelopment of public housing under the HOPE VI Program.  Salama has also published two analyses on ways to reduce the cost of new housing construction in New York City through the Furman Center.  He is currently working with Professors Vicki Been and Ingrid Gould Ellen on the Subsidized Housing Information Project to analyze the “expiring use” affordable housing stock in New York City.

  • Leanna Stiefel

    Leanna Stiefel

    Leanna Stiefel, Professor of Economics at New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, teaches courses in multiple regression and economics of education. Her areas of expertise are school finance and education policy, applied economics and applied statistics. Some of her current and recent research projects include: costs of small high schools in New York City; effects of school organization on student achievement; racial test score gaps; and segregation, resource use and achievement of immigrant school children. She is author of Statistical Analysis for Public and Non-Profit Managers (1990) and co-author of Measuring School Performance and Efficiency: Implications for Practice and Research (2005) as well as The Measurement of Equity in School Finance (1984), and her work appears in journals and edited books.

  • Kerwin E. Tesdell

    Kerwin E. Tesdell

    Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University School of Law
    Community Development Law

  • Frank K. Upham

    Frank K. Upham

    Frank Upham teaches first-year Property, law and development, and a variety of courses and seminars on comparative law and society with an emphasis on East Asia and the developing world. He was the Faculty Director of the Global Law School Program from 1997-2002 and is the founder and co-faculty director of the Global Public Service Law Project, which brings activist lawyers primarily from the developing world for an LLM in Public Service Law.

  • Lawrence J. White

    Lawrence J. White

    Lawrence J. White is Arthur E. Imperatore Professor of Economics at New York University’s Stern School of Business and Deputy Chair of the Economics Department at Stern.  During 1986-1989 he was on leave to serve as Board Member, Federal Home Loan Bank Board, and during 1982-1983 he was on leave to serve as Director of the Economic Policy Office, Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice.  He is the General Editor of The Review of Industrial Organization and formerly Secretary-Treasurer of the Western Economic Association International.