Warren Lowell


Joint-degree in Public Policy and Sociology.


B.A. Cornell University '14, Psychology 
M.P.P. University of Minnesota '19, with concentrations in Social Policy and Advanced Policy Analysis 


Housing Insecurity; Housing and Urban Policy; Neighborhoods; Homelessness; Families and Children; Racial Inequality; Demography; Mixed Methods.


I research the causes and consequences of housing insecurity among families and children in the United States. I spend a lot of time thinking about how we can develop a more supportive and equitable housing system through public policy. I'm especially interested in thinking critically about how we measure housing insecurity and homelessness, understanding how housing markets influence socioeconomic and racial inequality, and detailing the political-economic mechanisms driving changes in historically Black neighborhoods in cities in the American South.

For my dissertation, I am conducting a mixed-methods study on housing insecurity, displacement, and neighborhood change in the North Carolina. I am currently collecting qualitative data via interviews with investors and low-income homeowners. I am also using administrative data from real estate sales linked to public school data to understand how changes in ownership of private, low-income rental housing lead to housing displacement, school mobility, and educational disadvantage for children. 

In addition to this work, I am involved in an ongoing project on driver’s license revocation and racial inequality in North Carolina. My work is informed by the years I spent providing direct therapeutic services and case management to families and children in Boston, Massachusetts and Ithaca, New York. I also have several years of experience conducting policy-relevant research at the Tufts University School of Medicine, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, the Future Services Institute, and Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota. My work is currently supported by the Russell Sage Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the W.T. Grant foundation, Duke University's Social Science Research Institute (SSRI), and the Office of the Provost. Some of my recent work on housing inequality, gentrification, and homelessness has been published in Urban Affairs Review, Housing Policy Debate, Social Service Review, Social Science and Medicine, and Socius. 

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