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Urbanization, Economic Hardship, and Taxes

For commentary or interviews about metropolitan issues, poverty, food insecurity, child welfare, and taxes.

  1. Bradley Hardy, Associate Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Bradley Hardy is on leave during academic year 2016-2017 as the Okun-Model fellow in economic studies at the Brookings Institution. Hardy is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy. His research interests lie within labor economic… More

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    (202) 885-3881

  2. Alison Jacknowitz, Chair, Department of Public Administration and Policy

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Alison Jacknowitz (PhD, Policy Analysis) is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy. She regularly teaches Methods of Problem Solving I, Social Policy and Programs, and Public Program Evaluation. Jacknowitz has been the recipient o… More

    Send email to Alison Jacknowitz

    (202) 885-2137

  3. Taryn Morrissey, Associate Professor

    SPA - Public Admin and Policy

    Dr. Morrissey's work centers on examining and improving public policies for vulnerable children. Ongoing research examines the social determinants of food insecurity and obesity, and the impacts of neighborhood poverty and family instability on child… More

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    (202) 885-6323


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