Our Team

  • Spenser Gwozdzik

    Spenser Gwozdzik is a second-year doctoral student at NYU Wagner. His background is in education policy, and he previously worked as a research associate at the Tennessee State Board of Education. His current research interests lie at the intersection of education policy and social policy in the urban context, with a particular emphasis on the role housing policy plays. He holds an A.B. in Public Policy from Duke University and an A.M. in Urban Education Policy from Brown University. 

  • Kate Hausdorff

    Kate Hausdorff is a doctoral student at NYU Wagner and a doctoral fellow at the Furman Center. She is interested in urban economics and, in particular, developing research around low-income housing policy and homelessness. Prior to her doctoral work, Kate worked as a Senior Analyst at Abt Associates conducting policy-relevant research. She holds an M.S. in Economics from Tufts University.

  • Hsi-Ling Liao

    Hsi-Ling Liao is a doctoral fellow at the NYU Furman Center and a doctoral student at NYU Wagner. She previously worked at a research and advocacy nonprofit, helping the organization use data and empirical evidence to examine the impact of immigration. She is broadly interested in urban and public economics. Hsi-Ling holds a B.A. in Economics from National Taiwan University and a M.P.A. from NYU.

  • Riley Sandel

    Riley Sandel (they/them) is a doctoral student at Wagner, studying public policy and urban sociology. Their research focuses on racialized urban processes (ie., gentrification, segregation, urban renewal) that unevenly distribute benefits and burdens across housing and social policy arenas. They are a research assistant for Associate Professor Jacob William Faber, a Doctoral Fellow at the Furman Center, and an Urban Doctoral Fellow with NYU’s Urban Initiative. Riley studied architecture and urban affairs in the Midwest before coming to NYU.

  • Sarah Strochak

    Sarah Strochak is a doctoral student at NYU Wagner and a doctoral fellow at the Furman Center. She previously worked as a researcher at the Urban Institute in the Housing Finance Policy Center. Her research interests are centered around housing finance, including access to credit, housing markets, and affordability. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.