Maxwell Austensen is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Maxwell is the Data Manager at the NYU Furman Center (https://furmancenter.org), where he oversees the Center's data infrastructure and analysis on a variety of housing and urban policy topics. As a member of the Housing Data Coalition (https://www.housingdatanyc.org), he works collaboratively on projects using Free and Open Source Software and public data to further housing justice in New York City.
Maxwell received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of British Columbia in 2014 and an M.P.A. from NYU Wagner in 2018.
Open only to students in the MSPP program. Policy and Data Studio builds on the core courses, your advanced coursework, and is specifically meant to deepen your data and data analytic skills, in the content of a policy issue. Studio is a unique end event where you will use data to shed light on a policy question of your choice using the technical skills and specialized knowledge gained from the program. Guided by the Studio instructor, you will identify data sources, perform data cleaning and analyses, create an issue brief, and present draft iterations of your project to your cohort for feedback and revisions. At the end of the Studio experience, you will present your findings to a panel of faculty and experts.