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  • Current Students

    Public and Urban Policy PhD students at the Milano School inquire into a wide range of research areas.

    Recent dissertations have examined systemic strategies to address homelessness in Texas; the mobility experience of workers in Mexico City; migrant representation during the European “refugee crisis” in the UK; urban informality in Bogotá; the production of the public sphere in post-Fidel Cuba; property tax limitations in the delivery of public services by local governments; educational disadvantage of migrant children in urban China; the impact of changes in poverty on neighborhood conditions; and home ownership after the great recession.

    Learn more about the research interests of our current students.

    NameResearch Interests
    Adebayo AlabiThe effects of housing policy on local economic development and community well-being
    Fatimah Al-KhaldiHousing policy, racial capitalism, low-income migration, Middle Eastern and North African region
    Valerie J. AmorDeveloping regenerative, environmentally just and equitable designs and policies addressing climate change impacts on coastal urban cities
    Muhammad Amir AnsariThe effects of intergovernmental fiscal systems and on local economic development: a case study of Pakistan
    Bert AzizogluExamination of the effects of rising income inequality and household debt on labor market behavior and outcomes in the U.S.
    Florencia BarindelliDeterminants and effects of highly skilled labor migration and the implications for public policy.
    David BashkevinThe effects of the affordability of higher education and opportunities for online education on career outcomes.
    Fabiola Berdiel-MintzResearching the effects of neoliberal urbanism on the physical design of global cities and the well-being of their inhabitants with the goal of developing a more inclusive and egalitarian urban agenda.
    Andrés BernalThe political and discursive dimensions of public policy in shaping The Green New Deal as a response to a crisis of political ecology in the United States.
    Alvin Lloyd Bradbury IIMy research examines the phenomenon of conflict and development-induced internal displacement and the ways in which international migration policies at the country (in the Democratic Republic of the Congo) and international organizational levels impacts IDPs and refugees.
    Raven E. BrownMy dissertation research examines neoliberalism, the right to housing and the evolution of the welfare state in post-apartheid South Africa. Broadly, I research capitalism and democracy in the post-soviet era, democratic transitions and social movements and utilize qualitative and participatory methods.†
    Katja Starc CardExploring the relationship between the state and society at the city level, my research focuses on municipal governance in fragile and conflict-affected settings.
    Samantha Cocco-KleinMy dissertation research looks at children and post-disaster policy in the US, from Hurricane Katrina to Superstorm Sandy. What are the factors that contribute to child- and family-sensitive policies, and do natural disasters open a window to address inequities?
    Elizabeth CuccaroAdvocacy and public policy regarding the diagnosis and treatment of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
    Katherine Dillard GonzalezEvaluate the system-level impact of aligning service delivery across shelter services, criminal justice, mental illness, substance use, health care, and housing providers to improve outcomes for persons experiencing homelessness.
    Liat EisenThe role of public space in divided cities in the age of social networks; the effects of geopolitical changes on cities that are split along ethnic and religious lines, privatization of public space, sovereignty and control of the public domain.
    Emie EshmawyUrban design/planning, infrastructure, crisis and economic development in the context of spatial theory, with a focus on war-torn and weather-devastated cities.
    Sarah FarsadAffirmative action policies and diversity initiatives implemented to diminish racial inequities in higher education in the U.S., with an emphasis on art and design programs.
    Violet Fredericks The Gun Economy: A multidisciplinary, policy-oriented inquiry into the interaction between the illicit gun economy and local urban communities.
    Tracey FreibergThe economics of labor market inequalities in the United States, with an emphasis on both mandated and voluntary employee benefits policies
    Isis Moon GambleAsset-based community development, protest movements and collective action, political economy, queer spaces, and anarcho-feminism.
    Cédric GottfriedI am particularly interested in issues regarding urban and rural regions in decline, metropolitan metabolism, urban-rural interlinkage and sustainable management policy of shared natural resources.
    Kier HanrattyHow local and state public finance and urban land use influence one another in American cities.
    Harold HindsEducation policy
    Kelsey Hood CattaneoHolistic child development with formal and non-formal education practices in combination with community based development approaches.
    Talib HudsonCommunity-based solutions to street violence; race and federal urban policy
    Martha JaimesThe effects of urban infrastructure and labor market dynamics on urban productivity and local economic development, with a focus on Bogotá, Colombia.
    Lina JaramilloSocial policy, grassroots community development, welfare state, qualitative research, gender equality.
    Jacquelin KatanekszaDeconstruction of conventional African development strategies in order to explore complementary and contradictory alternative narratives of progress and development.
    Giulia LavagnaThe efficacy of inclusionary zoning as a means of affordable housing production in developing countries.
    Michal Lewin-EpsteinSustainable food plans and food systems evaluation.
    Yimin LiThe role of science/scientists in the making of urban and social policies in China.
    Anan A. MaaloufMeso Cities in the Global Urban: Mobility Infrastructure as Indicators of Municipal Capability
    Nicole MaderThe use of integrated student supports to reduce the impact of poverty on educational outcomes.
    Lisa McClain 
    Helidah 'Didi' OgudeMy dissertation research is situated within the complex and mutually constitutive relationships between media, public attitudes and migration policymaking. I explore how British mainstream media and political elites depicted black African and Arab/Muslim male migrants during the height of the Mediterranean 'crisis', and I relate this in turn to immigration policy.
    Veronica Olivotto Processes of policy deliberation around urban climate change risk and resilience, including production and access to relevant/usable scientific knowledge of climate risks at different scales and situated power dynamics. New York City and South America.
    Bobbette PattersonThe effectiveness of performance measures on health outcomes in New York City hospitals.
    Claribel RamirezEconomic development strategies, poverty and the hunger trap in Puerto Rico.
    Jeannette RauschPublic participation in urban land-use development and urban waterfront development.
    Jason RochfordDomestic outsourcing, the gig economy, and the impact of online labor platforms on workers and cities.
    Camila RonderosLow-income housing, informal settlements, access to credit, and the role of housing microfinance in Latin America; slum redevelopment and relocation policies and the effect on household income.
    Akilah RosadoA Sense of Belonging: Investigating the classroom experiences of Black children in predominately white progressive independent schools in NYC that have implemented a racial equity curriculum and culturally responsive pedagogy.
    Jennifer Santos RamirezThe role and impact of private/public partnerships in addressing issues of poverty, racial equality, and environmental justice, with a particular focus on the effects of participatory grant-making in "just" disaster response and recovery efforts. 
    Rebecca ScheerThe development and use of community development indicators to improve neighborhood well-being.
    Sara ShroffThe political economy of money, epistemologies of value and valuations, monetary histories and social formations, and emergent forms of political activism.
    Da'mon SmithPolitical advocacy and the ecology of public policy, with application to government reform, criminal justice policy, and economic and workforce development.
    Michael StackThe effects of mass incarceration and the growing racial wealth gap on sustainable community development, with particular attention to abandoned ghettos in American cities.
    Julie SyversonDisaster Risk Reduction, Climate Change, Sustainable Development, and Risk Perception. In the PhD program, she will focus her research on Disaster Risk Governance and Urban Development.
    Azra TanovićNexus of climate change and global conflict, and understanding how climate change will impact global (in)security in the coming decades
    Quan H TranMy research interests include urban sociology, institutional economics, race, and migration
    Andrea Patricia Llinas VahosInternational development, social justice, education, gender, public policy, women empowerment, human rights, and communication
    Manuel Valderrama FlorezApproaches and techniques that aid understanding the complexities of implementation and evaluation of public policy.
    Michael WilliamsThe effects of public workforce programs on improving labor market outcomes for long-term unemployment for low-income minority men in New York City.
    Tanishia WilliamsMy research explores the intersectionality of education, policy, equity and opportunity situated in structural, institutional and racial ideologies.
    Rajeev YerneniThe explanation of native and foreign-born Chinese American smoking prevalence rates in New York City.
    Peter ZayasI want to make police agencies more accountable to the constituents that they serve. My research intends on ascertaining the optimum reward system for police officers.
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