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 2010. Professor Bubb has published over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed economics journals and law reviews on a range of topics applying economic analysis to law. Since joining the NYU faculty, he has held visiting professor, visiting scholar, or visiting fellow positions at Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School, U.C. Berkeley School of Law, the University of Chicago School of Law, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.

  • 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.

  • Kacie Dragan

    Kacie Dragan

    Kacie Dragan serves as the analyst and project manager for NYU Wagner's Policies for Action (P4A) hub, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded research group. Under the direction of NYU Wagner Dean Sherry Glied and in collaboration with HEAL and faculty across NYU, the Hub's research focuses on evaluating the effect of non-health policies, such as housing, education, or transportation policies, on the health of Medicaid patients.

  • Brian Elbel

    Brian Elbel

    Brian Elbel, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Population Health and Health Policy at NYU Wagner and the NYU School of Medicine, where he heads the Section on Health Choice, Policy and Evaluation within the Department of Population Health. He also directs the NYU Langone Comprehensive Program on Obesity and is Assistant Dean for Strategic Initiatives, Office of Science and Research.

  • 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).

  • Tyler Haupert

    Tyler Haupert

    Tyler Haupert is an Assistant Professor Faculty Fellow of Urban Studies at NYU Shanghai. His research focuses on the technological, economic, and regulatory mechanisms contributing to racial disparities, segregation, and exclusion in urban areas. He has particular interests in mortgage lending, housing affordability, homelessness, and neighborhood change. He strives to design studies that inform policy and produce actionable results for legislators, regulators, planners, and advocacy organizations. He has professional experience in the public education, affordable housing development, and research sectors. Dr. Haupert earned a Ph.D. in Urban Planning from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, a Master’s in Urban Planning from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, and a B.A. in Political Science from Pepperdine University.

  • Roderick Hills, Jr.

    Roderick Hills, Jr.

    Professor Roderick Hills, Jr. 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. Professor Hills’ work explores our decentralized legal regime with an eye towards evaluating how well it balances these costs and benefits.

  • Mitchell L. Moss

    Mitchell L. Moss

    Mitchell L. Moss, Henry Hart Rice Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, and Director of the Rudin Center for Transportation, has been described as a “New Yorkologist” by The New York Times.  In 2019, Professor Moss was appointed by Mayor de Blasio to serve on the Mayor's expert panel on the Brooklyn Queens Expressway Project. In 2017, he was appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo to serve on the "FIX NYC" advisory group to identify ways to raise revenue for mass transit and to reduce congestion.

    Professor Moss has been on the faculty of New York University since 1973 and is also an Affiliated Professor of Civil and Urban Engineering in NYU's Tandon School of Engineering.  He served as an adviser to Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg during his first campaign for Mayor in 2001. From 1988 to 2003 he was Director of NYU’s Taub Urban Research Center and from 1983 to 2004 he was deputy to the Chairman of the Governor’s Council on Fiscal and Economic Priorities. Moss is currently a member of the Steering Committee of the Association for a Better New York.

    Professor Moss has directed research projects for the National Science Foundation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and has been a consultant to leading corporations and government agencies.  He has testified before the United States House of Representatives’ Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and has been an expert witness in litigation before the United States District Court, Southern District of New York. Moss has been a guest lecturer at the Fire Department of New York's Advanced Management Institute and has also lectured to US Army officers for the Institute for Defense and Business.  His essays have appeared in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Post,  The New York Observer and Politico.com, as well as in leading scholarly journals.

    Professor Moss was named an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects, New York Chapter in 2018.

  • 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.

  • Amy Ellen Schwartz

    Amy Ellen Schwartz

    Amy Ellen Schwartz is Professor Emeritus at the Wagner School of New York University, and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs at Syracuse University. Her research interests span issues in education policy, urban economics, and public finance. Current projects include an investigation of student mobility; the impact of neighborhood crime on student performance; the link between neighborhoods, schools and child obesity; and the impact of housing vouchers on residential location decisions and children’s educational outcomes. Her work has been published in a range of journals and her research has been funded through grants from various federal agencies. In 2009, she served as the President of the Association for Education Finance and Policy, and is currently on the editorial board of Regional Science and Urban Economics and is the Editor of Education Finance and Policy.

  • 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.

  • Daniel Waldinger

    Daniel Waldinger

    Daniel Waldinger is an Assistant Professor of Economics at NYU. He is an empirical economist working on market design issues in housing and health care markets. His dissertation studied the waiting list systems used to allocate public housing and organs for transplant, focusing on design trade-offs between efficiency and other policy goals such as fairness and income redistribution. Methodologically, he is interested in how game theory and empirical models of individual decision making can be used to evaluate public policy. Daniel received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2018 and his B.A. from the University of Chicago in 2010. 

  • 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.

  • Katrina Wyman

    Katrina Wyman

    Born and raised in Canada, Katrina Wyman has a BA, MA, and LLB from the University of Toronto and an LLM from Yale Law School. Before joining NYU School of Law in 2002, she was a research fellow at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2001-02. Wyman’s research interests relate primarily to property and natural resources law and policy.