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Forrest Hangen

PhD in Public Policy

Forrest is a PhD student in Public Policy in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, with a concentration in Urban and Regional Policy. He is broadly interested in how policies shape behavior and how behavior shapes social trends and systems. His primary research interests are in the lived experience of poverty, particularly as it relates to issues of housing. In this area he is interested in the ability of individuals in poverty to find and maintain housing and how policies or programs, such as housing choice vouchers, affect this ability. For example, he is currently examining source of income housing discrimination and how this practice negatively impacts housing choice voucher holders.

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He is also interested in issues of racial and economic inequality, eviction, gentrification, displacement, and the application of data science methodology to social science research. Forrest can be reached at or on Twitter @forresthangen where he tweets about research, urban issues, academia, and more.

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