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Co-Director Agustina Laurito is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration. Her work is at the intersection of social, education, and health policy mostly in urban contexts. Agustina is broadly interested in how adverse experiences affect children and families and the role of public policy in ameliorating these effects. Among her current projects, she studies food assistance programs, and SNAP in particular, the effect of neighborhood and community violence on children, and more recently the effect of the opioid crisis on children and families. Agustina is also interested in immigrant families and children and her projects in this area investigate the role of non-school factors, including the home country, in shaping immigrant children academic success and well-being.
Co-Director Ashley Muchow is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of social inequality and the role of policy in alleviating or aggravating these disparities. Her work follows three interrelated lines of inquiry. The first concerns immigrant integration and its relationship with local contexts of immigrant reception. A second line of inquiry centers around policing, specifically factors that reduce or worsen racial and ethnic disparities in criminal justice contact. Her third area of focus considers the antecedents and impacts of educational and health inequity in the U.S. In ongoing work, she examines how policy and media influence rates of Latinx arrest, the effect of high-profile police violence on patterns of policing, and the ability of free college programs to reduce racial and ethnic gaps in enrollment and completion.