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 first year doctoral students at Wagner, interested in the observation of segregation and distributional impacts of housing/social policy benefits/burdens across various groups in urban cities. 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.