Urban Policy

Carolina Reid


Carolina Reid is an Assistant Professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning and the Faculty Research Advisor for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation. Carolina specializes in housing and community development, with a specific focus on access to credit, homeownership and wealth inequality. She has most recently published research on the impact of the foreclosure crisis on low-income and minority communities, the role of the Community Reinvestment Act during the subprime crisis, and the importance of anti-predatory lending laws for consumer protection.

David Harding


David Harding studies poverty and inequality, urban neighborhoods, education, incarceration, and prisoner reentry. He uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. His current projects include the social and economic reintegration of former prisoners, neighborhoods and prisoner reentry, the effects of incarceration on crime, employment, and health, causal inference for contextual effects research, for-profit colleges, educational attainment, and labor market outcomes, and the role of neighborhood context in adolescent romantic relationships and sexual behavior. 

Wendy Ake


Wendy Ake currently directs the Haas Institute's Just Public Finance project. Prior to joining the Haas Institute, Wendy was a researcher with the Global Justice Program at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University and served on the editorial board of Kirwan’s journal Race/Ethnicity: Multidisciplinary in Global Contexts.

Mark Gomez


Mark Gomez is the founder of the Leap Forward Project at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. The project is dedicated to collaboratively researching and developing innovative ideas to tackle extreme inequality and drive enduring prosperity. 

Nadia Barhoum


Nadia Barhoum is a researcher with the Haas Institute where she works in the Global Justice Program (GJP) and the California Community Partnerships Program. Her interests include food production and climate change, spatial politics, and community engagement strategies. Nadia’s work in the GJP investigates the influence of the corporate food system on local landscapes and communities and how to scale up sustainable alternatives to modern industrial agriculture.

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