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Stefanie DeLuca

STEFANIE DELUCA, Ph.D., is the James Coleman Professor of Social Policy and Sociology at the Johns Hopkins University, where she directs the Social Policy Program and the Poverty and Inequality Research Lab.

Her research uses sociological perspectives to inform education and housing policy. She conducts mixed-methods studies that combine qualitative research with experimental or quasi-experimental designs. Some of her work focuses on the long-term effects of programs to help low-income families relocate to safer neighborhoods and better schools through housing vouchers.

Based on some of this work with young adults in the Baltimore site of the Moving to Opportunity program, Stefanie wrote a book, Coming of Age in the Other America (with Susan Clampet-Lundquist and Kathryn Edin), which was named an Outstanding Academic Title from the American Library Association, and won the William F. Goode Award from the American Sociological Association. Stefanie has also been awarded a National Academy of Education/Spencer Foundation Fellowship and a William T. Grant Foundation Scholars Award.

Her work has been funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Science Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Spencer Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Abell Foundation, National Academy of Education, Gates Foundation and the Department of Education.

She contributes frequently to national and local media, including the Baltimore Sun, Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and National Public Radio.

She currently serves on a Federal Research Advisory Commission at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and was recently named Scholar of the Year by the National Alliance of Resident Services in Assisted and Affordable Housing. Stefanie has been invited to share her research to support policy recommendations at the federal level at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and Human Services, and has provided briefings and testimony for several state legislatures and in federal court on behalf of the plaintiffs in the Baltimore Thompson v. HUD housing desegregation case.

She has presented her work as part of an exhibit at the National Museum of American History, and has received the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Excellence in Teaching Award.