Sam Rabiyah is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Urban Planning at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Sam has a multidisciplinary background in oral history, counter-mapping, web development, and journalism. Driven by trust and relationships above all else, he works within contradictions and intersections to explore how data can be made actionable to movement-based organizers. He is the Data Lead & Engineer at JustFix.nyc (https://justfix.nyc)—where he co-creates tools with tenants and organizers fighting displacement in New York City—and he also serves as a member of the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project (https://antievictionmap.com) and the Housing Data Coalition (https://housingdatanyc.org). Sam holds a B.A. in Mathematics from Wesleyan University with concentrations in Data Analysis and Social, Cultural, and Critical Theory.
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.