Public & Urban Policy PhD Students | Milano School in NYC


  • The following students are in the Public and Urban Policy PhD program.

    Name Research Interests
    Adebayo Alabi The effects of housing policy on local economic development and community wellbeing.
    Noah Allison Understanding the impacts that food culture and restaurants on low-income neighborhoods in New York City.
    Muhammad Amir Ansari  The effects of intergovernmental fiscal systems and on local economic development: a case study of Pakistan
    Bert Azizoglu Examination of the effects of rising income inequality and household debt on labor market behavior and outcomes in the US.
    Florencia Barindelli Determinants and effects of highly skilled labor migration and the implications for public policy.
    David Bashkevin The effects of the affordability of higher education and opportunities for online education on career outcomes.
    Fabiola Berdiel-Mintz Researching the effects of neoliberal urbanism on the physical design of global cities and the wellbeing of their inhabitants with the goal of developing a more inclusive and egalitarian urban agenda.
    Andres Bernal Exploring worker-ownership and cooperative enterprises as policy initiatives for sustainable community development and progressive political economy.
    Ofronama Biu Workforce development and labor market outcomes in American cities.
    Lessie Branch Race and class disparities, with particular attention to the discordance between black racial attitudes and black economic progress.
    Rachel Brooks Atkins Understanding the effects of public policy on entrepreneurship and small business ownership, especially for under-represented racial and ethnic minorities in the US.
    Calvin Brown Housing policy and community development in New York City.
    Raven Brown Adolescence, gender, violence and public health through the lens of activism, social justice and inclusive development utilizing cross country analysis.
    Maria Carrizosa The effects of alternative conceptions of informality on slum-upgrading policy in the global south.
    Antonieta Castro-Cosio Sustainable development, financial inclusion, and social-ecological resilience.
    Elizabeth Cuccaro Advocacy and public policy regarding the diagnosis and treatment of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
    Erwin DeLeon Voluntary associations, immigrant integration, and political participation, with particular attention to the political and civic engagement of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people of color.
    Katherine Dillard Gonzalez Asset building in low-income communities: Do eligibility rules for public benefits based on income, savings, and other assets create a disincentive for individuals seeking to build assets through savings and employment?
    Liat Eisen  The 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 Eshmawy Urban design/planning, infrastructure, crisis and economic development in the context of spatial theory, with a focus on war-torn and weather-devastated cities.
    Sarah Farsad Affirmative 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.
    Kea Fiedler The cross-country study of the effects of labor market institutions and public policies on employment and wages in Germany and the US.
    Tracey Freiberg The effects of human capital development and labor regulations on U.S labor market inequality.
    Pooya Ghorbani Homeownership, rental housing, housing finance, and their effects on housing affordability for low-income groups in the United States.
    Cristina Handal Gonzalez The role and impact of international governments, agencies, and academic interventions in the urban development of Central America, with particular attention to Honduras.
    Zoe Hamstead Examination of the distribution of environmental resources in New York City and implications for social equity using spatial landscape modeling.
    Kier Hanratty How local and state public finance and urban land use influence one another in American cities.
    Rebecca Hollender Alternative development theories, proposals, and practices in the Global South which reject official development agendas and processes and aim at building post-capitalist futures.
    Kelsey Hood Cattaneo Holistic child development with formal and non-formal education practices in combination with community based development approaches.
    Martha Jaimes The effects of urban infrastructure and labor market dynamics on urban productivity and local economic development, with a focus on Bogotá Colombia. 
    Claude Joseph The effects of foreign aid and institutions on economic development, with particular attention to Haiti.
    Achilles Kallergis Urban poverty, housing, and infrastructure in the Global South, with particular attention to sanitation.
    Jacquelin Kataneksza deconstruction of conventional African development strategies in order to explore complementary and  contradictory alternative narratives of progress and development.
    Livia Lam  Interest groups, social movements, legislative process, with particular focus on U.S. immigration policy.
    Nancy Lam Impacts of housing assistance on economic self-sufficiency: incomes and earnings among conventional public housing and housing choice voucher families in New York City
    Vanessa Leon Strengthening the institutional capacity for promoting integrated urban development, with a focus on post-earthquake infrastructure creation in Haiti.
    Michal Lewin-Epstein Sustainable food plans and food systems’ evaluation.
    Elizabeth Levi The relationship between American philanthropic funders and the Israeli-Palestinian third sector, with a focus on NGOs striving to build civil society.
    Yimin Li  The role of science/scientists in the making of urban and social policies in China.
    Nicole Mader The use of integrated student supports to reduce the impact of poverty on educational outcomes.
    Andrea Marpillero-Colomina Cross-cultural conflict concerning physical infrastructure, gentrification and transportation at the neighborhood-level.
    Riham Moustafa International entrepreneurship, institutional environment and entrepreneurship policy in developing countries.
    Helidah Ogude Transnational media and its impact on policy development regarding citizenship and identity, particularly within the context of global migration
    Bobbette Patterson The effectiveness of performance measures on health outcomes in New York City hospitals.
    Claribel Ramirez Economic development strategies, poverty and the hunger trap in Puerto Rico.
    Jeannette Rausch Public participation in urban land-use development and urban waterfront development.
    Camila Ronderos Low-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.
    Rebecca Scheer The development and use of community development indicators to improve neighborhood wellbeing.
    Angela Sheehan Rachidi Public policies and labor market structure affects economic outcomes for low-income populations, especially unmarried mother families.
    Sara Shroff The political economy of money, epistemologies of value and valuations, monetary histories and social formations, and emergent forms of political activism.
    Lena Simet The effects of housing policies and regulations on intra-urban inequalities and spatial segregation in developing and developed world cities.
    Da'mon Smith Political Advocacy and the ecology of public policy, with application to government reform, criminal justice policy, and economic and workforce development.
    Michael Stack The effects of mass incarceration and and the growing racial wealth gap on sustainable community development, with particular attention to abandoned ghettos in American Cities.
    Johanna Taylor Construction of interdisciplinary analyses of the intersections of artists, institutions, communities, and social change.
    Linda Silva Thompson Exploring immigrant underground cooperative wealth creation through a comparative case study of Rotating Savings and Credit Associations (ROSCA) and informal lending circles.
    Quan Tran Informal rotating credit associations, Asian American communities, and Institutional Economics.
    Manuel Valderrama Florez Approaches and techniques that aid understanding the complexities of implementation and evaluation of public policy.
    Conrad Walker The role social institutions play in the development and renewal of American cities.
    Michael Williams The effects of public workforce programs on improving labor market outcomes for long-term unemployment for low-income minority men in New York City.
    Tanishia Williams Minor Institutional and political factors that constrain and enable the success of US public school reform, with a focus on the role of race in organizational management and theory, public policy and urban leadership.
    Rajeev Yerneni The explanation of native and foreign-born Chinese-American smoking prevalence rates in New York City.
    Anze Zadel Comparative research on New York City and Lagos to explore community decision-making related to housing and health outcomes.