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Ingrid Gould Ellen named Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center

Ingrid Gould Ellen named Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center

Ingrid Gould Ellen has been named Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center. Professor Ellen, who is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Urban Policy and Planning at NYU Wagner, has been serving as the Furman Center's Co-Director for the past 10 years.

Professor Ellen succeeds Boxer Family Professor of Law Vicki Been, who was recently appointed Commissioner of New York City's Department of Housing Preservation and Development by Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The Furman Center is a joint research center of NYU Wagner and NYU School of Law. During Professor Ellen's tenure as Co-Director, along with Vicki Been as Director, the Furman Center nearly tripled in size and received national recognition for its work on housing, neighborhoods, and urban policy, including a 2012 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions and the National Housing Conference's 2013 Empire Award for Leadership in Affordable Housing. A New York City native, Professor Ellen has held visiting positions at the Brookings Institution and the Urban Institute. She attended Harvard University, where she received a B.A. in applied mathematics, an M.P.P., and a Ph.D. in public policy. She specializes in housing and urban policy research.

"It has been an honor to contribute to the Furman Center's research mission," said Ellen. "I look forward to continuing to work with our talented team of students and researchers on studies that can help improve the effectiveness of urban policy and programs."

For more information, see the Furman Center's April 3 announcement.

Katherine O'Regan Receives NYU 2010-11 Distinguished Teaching Award

Katherine O'Regan Receives NYU 2010-11 Distinguished Teaching Award

Congratulations to Katherine M. O'Regan, associate professor of public policy extraordinaire here at NYU Wagner! She has been selected as a recipient of the 2010-2011 Distinguished Teaching Award.

The award recipients include a total of six professors from across the university.

Professor O'Regan will be donating half of her esteemed award to the Wagner Experience Fund, established for the first time this year to fund 50 internships for Wagner students this summer.

Past teaching-award recipients at Wagner include Ingrid Gould Ellen, Steven Finkler, and Ellen Schall.


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