Johanna Lacoe


Johanna Lacoe's research focuses on crime, education, and housing policy.

Johanna's dissertation investigates the causes and consequences of crime and disorder in urban schools and neighborhoods. The first paper considers how mortgage foreclosures change patterns of neighborhood crime in micro-neighborhoods in Chicago, the second investigates racial and ethnic disparities in school safety among NYC middle school students, and the third estimates the impact of feeling unsafe in school on academic achievement. Other current research assesses the acute impact of violent crime on the academic achievement of urban youth and the impact of juvenile incarceration on the educational outcomes of court-involved youth.

Johanna earned her Master's of Public Administration from Wagner in 2008, and her A.B. in Political Science from Brown University in 2002. At NYU, she was a doctoral research fellow at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. Prior to graduate school, Johanna worked at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York, and Social Policy Research Associates in Oakland, CA. She is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Price School of Public Policy and the Lusk Center for Real Estate at the University of Southern California.