Our Team

  • Jessica Athens

    Jessica Athens

    As Policy and Research Officer at the New York State Health Foundation (NYSHealth), Jessica Athens, Ph.D., works with the Policy and Research Director and Program Associate to support the policy agenda of the Foundation through timely research. In particular, Dr. Athens builds the Foundation’s internal capacity for applied public health research, geospatial analysis, and program evaluation.

  • Jaclene Begley

    Jaclene Begley

    Jaclene Begley is an economist in the Economic and Strategic Research Group at Fannie Mae. Her research focuses on housing affordability, homeownership, mortgages, and older adults’ housing decisions. 

  • 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.

  • Sarah Cordes

    Sarah Cordes

    Sarah Cordes is an Assistant Professor of School Leadership at Temple University. Dr. Cordes' research and teaching interests are in the areas of education and urban policy, school finance, and applied quantitative methods. Her research focuses on the ways in which the urban context, including neighborhoods, housing, and charter schools, affect student outcomes. In particular, her current work explores the spillover effects of NYC charter schools on nearby public school students, the effects of residential and school mobility on student performance, and how changes in school resources influence parents' investments in their children's education.

  • Samuel Dastrup

    Samuel Dastrup

    Samuel Dastrup is a Senior Analyst at Abt Associates. He is an experienced applied micro-economist with a demonstrated ability of rigorous but practical empirical research and evaluation

  • Jorge De la Roca

    Jorge De la Roca

    Jorge De la Roca is an Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public of Policy and Research Director at the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. His fields of interest include urban economics, labor economics and economic geography. His research studies agglomeration economies, urban inequality, skill sorting and migration across cities of different sizes. De la Roca also studies the consequences and underlying mechanisms of racial residential segregation on minorities.

  • Stefanie DeLuca

    Stefanie DeLuca

    Stefanie A. Deluca is a sociologist and the James Coleman Associate Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She co-wrote the book, Coming of Age in the Other America. Deluca received her Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy at Northwestern University in 2002 and bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Chicago. 

  • 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.

  • Kathryn Edin

    Kathryn Edin

    Kathryn Edin is a Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Princeton University, as well as the co-director of The Bendheim-Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing. Edin is one of the nation’s leading poverty researchers, working in the domains of welfare and low-wage work, family life, and neighborhood contexts, through direct, in-depth observations of the lives of low-income populations. 

  • 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.

  • David Figlio

    David Figlio

    David Figlio is the Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Economics at Northwestern University, where he is also the Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy and an Institute for Policy Research Fellow. An education economist, Figlio conducts research on a wide range of education and health policy issues from school accountability and standards to welfare policy and policy design. 

  • Juliana Freire

    Juliana Freire

    Juliana Freire is a Professor at the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at New York University.  She also holds an appointment in the Courant Institute for Mathematical Science and is a faculty member at the NYU Center of Data Science. Her research interests are in large-scale data analysis, visualization, and provenance management.

  • Michael Gedal

    Michael Gedal

    Michael Gedal is the Director of Property Tax Analysis, Tax Policy at the New York City Department of Finance. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Emory University, a Master's in Public Administration from New York University, and a PhD in Public Policy from NYU.

  • 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.

  • Adam Gordon

    Adam Gordon

    Adam Gordon is the Associate Director at the Fair Share Housing Center. He joined the organization as an Equal Justice Works Fellow in 2006. In his work with FSHC, Gordon has litigated at the New Jersey Supreme Court and Appellate Division and worked on state and federal policy issues including very-low-income housing in high opportunity communities, Low Income Housing Tax Credit allocation, and statewide fair share allocation. 

  • Andrew Hayashi

    Andrew Hayashi

    Andrew Hayashi is an expert in tax law, tax policy and behavioral law and economics. He joined the University of Virginia School of Law's faculty in July 2013.

  • 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.

  • Tuan Anh Hoang Vu

    Tuan Anh Hoang Vu

    Tuan Anh Hoang Vu is a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science at the NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering, under supervision of Prof. Juliana Freire. He earned his BE in Computer Science from School of Information and Communication Technology (SoICT) at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST) in Vietnam.

  • Keren Horn

    Keren Horn

    Keren Mertens Horn is an Assistant Professor of Economics at University of Massachusetts Boston. Horn’s research seeks to inform policies that will help cities become places of opportunity for people at both ends of the socio-economic spectrum. 

  • John Infranca

    John Infranca

    John Infranca is an Associate Professor of Law at the Suffolk University Law School. Professor Infranca is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, where he received his B.A. in the Program of Liberal Studies and later returned for an M.T.S. in Moral Theology, and of New York University School of Law, where he served as an editor of the New York University Law Review.

  • Sue Kaplan

    Sue Kaplan

    Sue A. Kaplan is a research associate professor in the Department of Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine. The focus of her work is on disparities in health outcomes for vulnerable populations in urban areas. Recent projects include the evaluation of an initiative funded by the Centers for Disease Control to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in health in the South Bronx, and a National Institutes of Health initiative to develop and evaluate a faith-based health outreach program. 

  • Mike Lens

    Mike Lens

    Michael Lens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Planning at the University of California, Los Angeles as well as the Associate Faculty Director of the UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies. Professor Lens’ work fulfills gaps in the literature that evaluates the potential for housing policy to reduce this separation by focusing on neighborhood safety and access to jobs. 

  • Brian McCabe

    Brian McCabe

    Brian J. McCabe is Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He holds secondary appointments an adjunct instructor in the Regional and Urban Planning program at the School of Continuing Studies; a core faculty member in the program on Justice and Peace Studies; an affiliated faculty member in the Department of African-American Studies; and an affiliated faculty member in the McCourt School of Public Policy.

  • Simon McDonnell

    Simon McDonnell

    Simon McDonnell is the Director of Research and Strategic Analysis at New York State Homes and Community Renewal. He has over a dozen years of public policy project management, research, and quantitative experience exploring how resilience, sustainability, and the urban environment are impacted by policymaking in the transportation, land use, and housing realms.

  • Rachel Meltzer

    Rachel Meltzer

    Rachel Meltzer is Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Chair of the Public and Urban Policy M.S. degree at the Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment at The New School. Her research is broadly concerned with urban economies and how market and policy forces can shape disparate outcomes across neighborhoods.  She focuses on issues related to housing, land use, economic development and local public finance. 

  • Ashlyn Nelson

    Ashlyn Nelson

    Dr. Ashlyn Aiko Nelson is an economist who studies how housing markets and financial institutions and policies influence the education market. Her research examines the causes and consequences of inequality in the overlapping housing and public education sectors. 

  • Sandra Newman

    Sandra Newman

    Sandra Newman, Ph.D. is Professor of Policy Studies at Johns Hopkins University, where she also directs both the Center on Housing, Neighborhoods and Communities at the Hopkins Institute for Health and Social Policy in the Bloomberg School of Public Health. She holds joint professorial appointments with the departments of Sociology and Health Policy and Management. 

  • Brendan O’Flaherty

    Brendan O’Flaherty

    Brendan O’Flaherty is Professor of Economics at Columbia University. His books include The Economics of Race in the United States and City Economics.

  • Vincent Reina

    Vincent Reina

    Vincent Reina is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania.  His research focuses on urban economics, low-income housing policy, household mobility,  neighborhood change, and community and economic development. Reina's work has been published in various academic journals, such as Urban StudiesHousing Policy Debate, and Journal of Housing Economics.

  • David Reiss

    David Reiss

    Brooklyn Law School Professor David Reiss concentrates his study and practice in real estate issues and community development. He was most recently a Visiting Clinical Associate Professor at the Seton Hall Law School Center for Social Justice. Previously, he was an associate in the New York office of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in its Real Estate Department and an associate at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco in its Land Use and Environmental Law Group. He was also a law clerk to Judge Timothy Lewis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. 

  • Stephen Ross

    Stephen Ross

    Dr. Stephen L. Ross is a professor of economics at the University of Connecticut. Professor Ross’s research has primarily focused on housing and mortgage lending discrimination, residential and school segregation, neighborhood and peer effects, and state and local governments.

  • Justin Steil

    Justin Steil

    Justin Steil is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 
    Broadly interested in social stratification and spatial dimensions of inequality, his research examines the intersection of urban policy with property, land use, and civil rights law. 

  • Noelle Stout

    Noelle Stout

    Noelle Stout is an Associate Professor of anthropology at New York University. Her research has won support from the National Science Foundation, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Furman Center for Real Estate and Public Policy, among others. She earned her BAS and MA in anthropology and feminist studies from Stanford University and a PhD in anthropology from Harvard University.

  • Nicole Summers

    Nicole Summers

    Nicole Summers is a Clinical Instructor at the Harvard Law School Legal Services Center. Previously, Nicole was a Legal Fellow at the NYU Furman Center, where she conducted academic and policy research on housing law issues, and a staff attorney at The Bronx Defenders and Northeast Justice Center, where she represented low-income tenants and former homeowners in eviction proceedings.

  • Ioan Voicu

    Ioan Voicu is a Senior Research Affiliate with the Furman Center. He is currently a Financial Economist for the Risk Analysis Division of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. He received his M.A. in Economics from Rutgers University in 1996, and his Ph.D. in 2000. Ioan’s dissertation was entitled “The Determinants and Effects of Foreign Direct Investment in Romania.” He received an M.A. in Economics with Distinction from the Central European University in Prague, Czech Republic in 1994, and his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering (with honors) from the Polytechnic Institute in Bucharest, Romania in 1988. At Rutgers, he won the Sidney Brown Prize in Economics for best student in first two years of graduate study, and the Peter Asch Memorial Prize for outstanding dissertation work. He also received a NAFSA Fellowship and an OSI-CEU Fellowship.

  • 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.