Bio Susan J. Popkin, Ph.D. is both Director of The Urban Institute’s Program on Neighborhoods and Youth Development and a Senior Fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. A nationally-recognized expert on assisted housing and mobility, Dr. Popkin directs a research program that focuses on the ways neighborhood environments affect outcomes for youth, and in conducting evaluations of complex community-based interventions. She is the Director of the HOST Demonstration and HOST Network and co-Principal Investigator for the evaluation of the Casey Foundation’s Family-Centered Community Change Initiative. Dr. Popkin is the author of the new book, No Simple Solutions: Transforming Public Housing in Chicago; co-author of the award-winning Moving To Opportunity: The Story of an American Experiment to Fight Ghetto Poverty; lead author for the book The Hidden War: Crime and the Tragedy of Public Housing in Chicago; and is co-author of Public Housing Transformation: The Legacy of Segregation.
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