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About

I am a doctoral candidate with a passion for GIS, social justice, and low-income housing law. I currently live and work in Cambridge, MA.
Prior to starting my studies at MIT, I practiced anti-poverty law and co-managed the Race Equity Project at Legal Services of Northern California.

Interests

GIS & Spatial Analysis: understanding how non-profits and government agencies can use maps and spatial analysis to better serve vulnerable populations.

Applied Quantitative Analysis: exploratory data analysis, parametric statistics, hierarchical linear modelling.

Housing Law & Policy: understanding the history and political economy of low-income housing policy with a focus on the 'Section 8' and conventional housing programs.

Using Administrative Data to Inform Policy: understanding how organizations can leverage administrative data to better understand program administration and develop policy.

Spoken Languages

  • English - native
  • German - highly proficient

Professional Licenses

California Bar (INACTIVE, License#: 244806)

Skills

My primary skills are related to (1) spatial analysis and mapping, (2) housing law and policy, (3) data analysis, and (4) information policy and management.

Spatial Analysis & Mapping


GIS
Spatial Data Analysis
Applied Spatial Statistics

Housing Law and Policy


Landlord/Tenant Law
Rental Housing Policy
Low-Income Housing Programs
Case Research

Data Analysis


Applied Parametric Statistics
Exploratory Statistics
STATA

Information Policy & Management


Information Technology Policy
Data Management
SQL
RDBMS Design
MS Access
Spatial data standards

Experience

MIT|SSRC

Current
Research Assistant - Sociotechnical Systems Research Center, Post Traumatic Stress Innovations project

Cambridge Housing Authority

Jan. 2013

Policy and Technology Lab Program Associate

Designed and implemented a user interface for a database to track Moving to Work (MTW) program performance.

Professor Amy K. Glasmeier

Dec. 2012

Research Assistant

Managed and implemented update of Professor Glasmeier's Community Economic Toolbox. The Community Economic Toolbox introduces citizens and policy makers to key economic indicators that illuminate local and regional economic change.

MIT|DUSP

Fall 2012/2013

Teaching Assistant - Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Introduction to Spatial Analysis & Workshop on Geographic Information Systems

MIT|DUSP

Fall 2011/2012

Teaching Assistant - Department of Urban Studies and Planning

Introduction to Spatial Analysis & Workshop on Geographic Information Systems

Cambridge Housing Authority

August 2011

Policy and Technology Lab Program Associate

Developed and deployed an outward-facing, interactive, web-mapping application. Designed and implemented a database to track Moving to Work (MTW) program performance to support policy evaluation.

Professor Amy K. Glasmeier

Spring 2011

Research Assistant

Constructed a spatially-located, relational database that contains one-way travel times to various healthcare facilities from the residence locations of veterans of the OEF/OIF conflicts. The coverage of the database is national. Its scale is place-level and individual-level, however, the database's structure allows for aggregations at larger scales including county, state, and region. Evaluated and updated Professor Glasmeier's living wage calculator by geographic region (state, county, place geographies) (calculator currently receives approximately 50,000 unique visitors per month). Update included major changes to the calculator's methodology.

Rappaport Institute

Summer 2010

Rappaport-Radcliffe Doctoral Public Policy Fellow

Placement at the Cambridge Housing Authority
Worked with CHA staff to evaluate CHA's data management practices; created a longitudinal dataset of CHA's "Section 8" participants to facilitate future research partnerships between CHA and academic institutions; and conducted a spatio-temporal analysis of CHA's "Section 8" participants. The spatio-temporal analysis included extensive GIS mapping and statistical analysis of residential location choices of "Section 8" households. The analyses created a baseline of knowledge about "Section 8" participants and identified several spatial and household characteristic trends in CHA's "Section 8" program relevant for current and future policy decisions.

Professor J. Brower

Feb.-July 2010

Research Assistant

Evaluated and prepared materials appropriate for an introduction to law for masters-level planning students.

The Carolina Population Center

Feb.-July 2010

Graduate Student Research Assistant - Spatial Analysis Unit

Created sampling frames for slum and non-slum areas in four cities located in Uttar Pradesh, India. Identified sampling frames using satellite imagery. Created and cleaned data layers. Produced maps for use by field survey teams in India.

Legal Services of N. California

2006 - 2009

Irmas Fellow/Staff Attorney

Co-managed the Race Equity Project, a special project of Legal Services of Northern California that develops and implements legal and other advocacy solutions to address racial disparities in resource allocations and resource access affecting low-income persons and communities of color in 23 northern California counties. Evaluated potential claims of systemic and institutional racial discrimination. Developed and coordinated race-based impact advocacy. Represented individual clients in a wide variety of poverty related matters with a focus on tenancy and program participation issues connected to state and federally subsidized housing programs. Created, published, and managed a one-stop web portal for race-based advocacy resources and news (www.equity.lsnc.net). Developed applied Geographic Information Systems (GIS) solutions for a variety of advocacy and program implementation problems. Created curriculum and co-taught a semester-long seminar on race-based advocacy at University of California, Davis, School of Law during the Fall 2007 and Spring 2008 semesters. Designed and conducted trainings on race-based poverty advocacy, community lawyering, issue framing, the use of GIS and data analysis in poverty advocacy, and the impact of current constitutional law on stating race-based claims. Developed curriculum and/or was on the training faculty for the following national conferences: 2007 National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) Substantive Law Conference, the 2008 NLADA Directors of Advocacy and Litigation Conference, and the 2008 NLADA Annual Conference. Maps presented at Regional Equity 08 - The Third National Summit on Equitable Development, Social Justice and Smart Growth.

WCLP

Summer 2005

Law Clerk - Western Center on Law and Poverty

Drafted office memoranda on affordable housing, inclusionary zoning, and low-income medical access. Worked with housing advocates on legislation to increase the stock of low and very-low income housing in Pasadena, CA. Mapped community demographics for use in coalition building and legislative advocacy. Drafted language for proposed state legislation AB 1617, a bill to dispose of excess parcels along a transportation corridor in Pasadena, CA, for development as multi-family affordable housing.

PCJP|USC Gould Law School

2004-2005

Clinical Course Student Supervisor - Post Conviction Justice Project

Represented state and federal inmates in post-conviction Habeas Corpus relief and parole suitability hearings.

Education

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
2010-Current
Candidate for Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Urban Studies and Planning


Comprehensive examinations passed in Fall 2012. Exam subjects: (1) Urban Information Systems, (2) Low-Income Rental Housing Law, Policy & History. Exam committee: Amy Glasmeier (chair), Philip Clay, Joseph Ferreira.
Dissertation committee: Amy Glasmeier (chair), Mei-Po Kwan, Joseph Ferreira. Awards:
  • MIT Presidential Graduate Fellow
  • Rappaport-Radcliffe Doctoral Public Policy Fellow
Courses (selected):
  • Simulating Sustainable Futures
  • Cartography with Geographic Information Systems
  • Spatial Database Management and Advanced Geographic Information Systems
  • Applied Data Analysis
  • Spatial Models for Social and Environmental Policy
Workshops and Short Courses Developed & Taught (selected):
  • Transforming Data into Information and Knowledge
  • GIS for Justice: Using GIS in Social Justice Advocacy
  • Descriptive Statistics, Mapping, and Visualization

University of Southern California Gould School of Law
2003-2006
Juris Doctorate (JD)


Awards
  • Miller-Johnson Equal Justice Award
  • Public Interest Law Foundation Summer Grant
  • Irmas Fellowship
Journal: Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice:
  • Staff (2005)
  • Articles Editor (2006)
Honors Grades (selected):
  • Land Use Controls
  • Review of Law & Social Justice Writing:"Seeking Equality in the Provision of Municipal Services
  • Constitutional Law I & II
  • Law, Language, & Ethics
  • Property
  • Local Government
Activities:
  • Public Interest Law Foundation: Executive Board (2004-2005)
  • National Lawyer Guild: President (2004-2005)

Wesleyan University
1997-2001
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Philosophy


Non Degree


University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
2009-2010
Masters of City and Regional Planning Program. Left to pursue doctoral studies at MIT.


Wadham College, Oxford University
1999-2000
Visiting Student

Research

Accessibility of Social Services amongst Vulnerable Populations

I attempt to understand how spatial, social, and organizational factors influence accessibility to social services. Although this work includes a large spatial component, I'm primarily interested in developing methods and theories that allow for the simultaneous exploration of the spatial, social, and organizational dimensions of accessibility. My work is strongly influenced by critical realist philosophy and Dr. Mei-Po Kwan.


Leveraging Administrative Datasets to Support Better Policy Decisions

As a legal aid attorney, I often felt that my firm was sitting on a treasure trove of policy-relevant data about our clients despite the fact that we primarily used this data for external auditing purposes and management. Between case management and evidence-based reporting requirements, it turns out that many organizations are in the same boat. There are, however, substantial barriers to effectively using administrative data to guide policy and better organizational functioning. The largest of these barriers is that administrative data is frequently designed and structured to support program operations not policy development. A related barrier is that non-profit and governmental organizations frequently lack the in-house expertise to analyze this data even if it was in the needed form. My work explores (1) how administrative data can be reformatted and processed to support policy research and (2) what methods organizations can and should use, depending on an organization's mission and goals, to make sense of administrative data.


Publications

  • The social geographic, and organizational determinants of access to civil legal service. (In Press)
    • Citation: To be published in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies. Citation forthcoming.
  • Using administrative data for spatial and longitudinal analysis of the Housing Choice Voucher program.
    • Citation: Eric Schultheis, Greg Russ, & Carolina Lucey. (November 2012). Using administrative data for spatial and longitudinal analysis of the Housing Choice Voucher program, CityScape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research. 14(3), 195-206.
  • Poverty's place: the use of Geographic Information Systems in poverty advocacy.
    • Citation: Reece, Jason & Schultheis, Eric. (January - February 2008). Poverty's place: the use of Geographic Information Systems in poverty advocacy. Clearinghouse Review: Journal of Poverty Law and Policy, 42, 430.

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Address: 3 Ames Street, Box F, Cambridge, MA 02142
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