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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 

Research Interests

Social Welfare and Social Insurance Programs; Housing; Family and Children; Demography; Inequality; Racism and Discrimination

Currently, I study how housing policy and homelessness impact families and children. More broadly, I am interested in examining how states and institutions attempt to meet the needs of families and children, what programs work, and why these efforts sometimes come up short. I'm also interested in the definitions and criteria that governments and non-profits use for understanding social problems and determining things like need and eligibility.

Previously, I worked for several years as a social worker and mental health specialist, providing case management and therapeutic supports for children and families in Ithaca, New York and Boston, Massachusetts. I've also held a number of research positions focused on housing policy, social welfare, and homelessness, including a position at the Future Services Institute, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, and the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota. My experiences working directly with families and children, as well as my experience collaborating with governments and non-profits, inform my approach to a holistic public policy methodology and scholarship.

Representative Publications