MATTHEW DESMOND

Principal Investigator

Matthew Desmond is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow. He is the author of four books, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016), which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. The principal investigator of The Eviction Lab, Desmond’s research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. A Contributing Writer for the New York Times Magazine, Desmond was listed in 2016 among the Politico 50, as one of “fifty people across the country who are most influencing the national political debate.” Matthew Desmond is a Professor in the Department of Sociology at Princeton University. After receiving his Ph.D. in 2010 from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, he joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow.

He is the author of four books, including Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016), which won the Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Carnegie Medal, and PEN / John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction. The principal investigator of The Eviction Lab, Desmond’s research focuses on poverty in America, city life, housing insecurity, public policy, racial inequality, and ethnography. He is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award, and the William Julius Wilson Early Career Award. A Contributing Writer for the New York Times Magazine, Desmond was listed in 2016 among the Politico 50, as one of “fifty people across the country who are most influencing the national political debate.”
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LAVAR EDMONDS

Research Specialist

Lavar Edmonds received a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Mary Washington and a master’s in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. Guided by experiences as a high school math teacher, his background includes using quantitative methods and big data to study pervasive social inequalities, particularly in education. In college, he worked as the data analyst for the school’s Student Transition Program, studying academic outcomes for first-generation and traditionally underrepresented minority students at the university. While at Penn, Lavar worked as a research assistant at the School District of Philadelphia and conducted a semester-long research project examining the causes of teacher exit in Tulsa Public Schools. As a Research Specialist in the Eviction Lab, he is especially interested in studying the intersection of housing policy – namely, causes and consequences of housing instability – with education policy. Beyond policy research, Lavar is a classically-trained violinist, and enjoys music performance and rousing, relatively slow-paced games of tennis.Lavar Edmonds received a Bachelor of Science in economics from the University of Mary Washington and a master’s in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

Guided by experiences as a high school math teacher, his background includes using quantitative methods and big data to study pervasive social inequalities, particularly in education. In college, he worked as the data analyst for the school’s Student Transition Program, studying academic outcomes for first-generation and traditionally underrepresented minority students at the university. While at Penn, Lavar worked as a research assistant at the School District of Philadelphia and conducted a semester-long research project examining the causes of teacher exit in Tulsa Public Schools. As a Research Specialist in the Eviction Lab, he is especially interested in studying the intersection of housing policy – namely, causes and consequences of housing instability – with education policy. Beyond policy research, Lavar is a classically-trained violinist, and enjoys music performance and rousing, relatively slow-paced games of tennis.
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ASHLEY GROMIS

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ashley joined the Eviction Lab as a postdoctoral research associate after completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her dissertation research examined the formation and consequences of spatial clustering of children with non-medical exemptions to school vaccine requirements in California. More broadly, her research interests focus on how social networks and local communities provide the social context for individual decisions and events that aggregate to form macro-level patterns across space and time. She is particularly interested in how quantitative and computational methodology can be used with administrative and online data to gain new insights into social behavior and community-level outcomes. When not cleaning data (which she rather enjoys), she goes hiking, puts together puzzles, and has been working her way through Amazon’s list of 100 books to read in a lifetime.Ashley joined the Eviction Lab as a postdoctoral research associate after completing her Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Her dissertation research examined the formation and consequences of spatial clustering of children with non-medical exemptions to school vaccine requirements in California. More broadly, her research interests focus on how social networks and local communities provide the social context for individual decisions and events that aggregate to form macro-level patterns across space and time. She is particularly interested in how quantitative and computational methodology can be used with administrative and online data to gain new insights into social behavior and community-level outcomes. When not cleaning data (which she rather enjoys), she goes hiking, puts together puzzles, and has been working her way through Amazon’s list of 100 books to read in a lifetime.
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JAMES HENDRICKSON

Senior Research Specialist

James is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where he obtained a B.A. in Public Policy with a focus on Applied Statistics and Labor Policy. He has worked for several public interest nonprofits, such as the ACLU and the NEA, where he developed a deep interest in the intersection of statistical analysis and policy. Currently serving as a Research Specialist with the Eviction Lab, James seeks to better understand how the current legal infrastructure affects housing instability, as well as how policymakers can best craft housing assistance solutions that will benefit their own communities. In his free time, he is an avid dancer and enjoys volunteering in the local arts community.James is a recent graduate of the University of Michigan, where he obtained a B.A. in Public Policy with a focus on Applied Statistics and Labor Policy.

He has worked for several public interest nonprofits, such as the ACLU and the NEA, where he developed a deep interest in the intersection of statistical analysis and policy. Currently serving as a Research Specialist with the Eviction Lab, James seeks to better understand how the current legal infrastructure affects housing instability, as well as how policymakers can best craft housing assistance solutions that will benefit their own communities. In his free time, he is an avid dancer and enjoys volunteering in the local arts community.
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KATIE KRYWOKULSKI

Administrative Assistant

Katie received an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago in 2016. Her research interests included religion and the literary history of consent eighteenth and nineteenth century America. She taught courses titled “Death and Dying in Early America” and “Women Possessed: Religion, Gender, and Sexuality,” as well as first year writing classes. Her interests related to the Eviction Lab include gender based housing discrimination, and how to improve housing stability for people affected by addiction and mental health issues. In her free time, Katie enjoys stand up and improv comedy, podcasts, and birdwatching.Katie received an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago in 2016.

Her research interests included religion and the literary history of consent eighteenth and nineteenth century America. She taught courses titled “Death and Dying in Early America” and “Women Possessed: Religion, Gender, and Sexuality,” as well as first year writing classes. Her interests related to the Eviction Lab include gender based housing discrimination, and how to improve housing stability for people affected by addiction and mental health issues. In her free time, Katie enjoys stand up and improv comedy, podcasts, and birdwatching.
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LILLIAN LEUNG

Research Specialist

Lillian is a recent graduate from New York University’s Stern School of Business, where she studied Economics and Global Business and minored in Social Entrepreneurship. She grew up in Hong Kong and have lived in Chicago and New York. Drawing on her experiences living in cities, her undergraduate thesis used General Social Survey data to explore the effect of housing prices on perceptions of inequality. She has also worked with various surveying methods conducting program evaluations for non-profits and customer research at Squarespace. As a Research Specialist at the Eviction Lab, Lillian hopes to investigate the cyclical relationship between housing, poverty, and income inequality. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, and playing the ukulele.Lillian is a recent graduate from New York University’s Stern School of Business, where she studied Economics and Global Business and minored in Social Entrepreneurship.

She grew up in Hong Kong and have lived in Chicago and New York. Drawing on her experiences living in cities, her undergraduate thesis used General Social Survey data to explore the effect of housing prices on perceptions of inequality. She has also worked with various surveying methods conducting program evaluations for non-profits and customer research at Squarespace. As a Research Specialist at the Eviction Lab, Lillian hopes to investigate the cyclical relationship between housing, poverty, and income inequality. In her free time, she enjoys reading, painting, and playing the ukulele.
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ADAM PORTON

Research Specialist

Adam is a research specialist with the Eviction Lab.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in analysis and research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prior to working at Princeton, he supported social science research projects at the Center for Financial Security and the Environmental Resources Center.  He also has a background in political organizing and community non-profits.  At the eviction lab, Adam’s research interests include exploring the intersection between affordable housing policy, community health, and cooperative economic institutions.Adam is a research specialist with the Eviction Lab.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Sociology with a concentration in analysis and research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Prior to working at Princeton, he supported social science research projects at the Center for Financial Security and the Environmental Resources Center.  He also has a background in political organizing and community non-profits.  At the eviction lab, Adam’s research interests include exploring the intersection between affordable housing policy, community health, and cooperative economic institutions.
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HENRY GOMORY

Graduate Research Assistant

Henry is a first-year doctoral student in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University. He graduated from Harvard College in 2017 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Statistics. For his undergraduate thesis, he studied how American cities have become unaffordable for many renters and the consequences that has had for social life in rent-burdened communities. Henry currently studies the causes of rising rent prices, the relationships between landlords and tenants, and how evictions affect community life. In his free time, Henry likes to cook, listen to podcasts, and recite scenes from sitcoms to patient friends. Henry is a first-year doctoral student in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University. He graduated from Harvard College in 2017 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Statistics.

He graduated from Harvard College in 2017 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Statistics. For his undergraduate thesis, he studied how American cities have become unaffordable for many renters and the consequences that has had for social life in rent-burdened communities. Henry currently studies the causes of rising rent prices, the relationships between landlords and tenants, and how evictions affect community life. In his free time, Henry likes to cook, listen to podcasts, and recite scenes from sitcoms to patient friends.
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CHASE HOMMEYER

Research Assistant

Chase is a current undergraduate at Princeton University, pursuing a concentration in Sociology, with certificates in Statistics & Machine Learning and Theater. She’s a fellow at the Carl A Fields Center for Equality + Cultural Understanding, one of three student members on the Princeton Campus Iconography Committee, and worked at Princeton University Archives Library on a project called “Archiving Student Activism at Princeton.”A native of San Francisco, Chase is also a former downhill ski racer and 400 and 800m track runner. She’s very excited to be a part of the Eviction Lab for the opportunity to learn powerful data analytics skills and learn how to apply those skills to fight social inequality.Chase is a current undergraduate at Princeton University, pursuing a concentration in Sociology, with certificates in Statistics & Machine Learning and Theater.

She’s a fellow at the Carl A Fields Center for Equality + Cultural Understanding, one of three student members on the Princeton Campus Iconography Committee, and worked at Princeton University Archives Library on a project called “Archiving Student Activism at Princeton.”A native of San Francisco, Chase is also a former downhill ski racer and 400 and 800m track runner. She’s very excited to be a part of the Eviction Lab for the opportunity to learn powerful data analytics skills and learn how to apply those skills to fight social inequality.
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HYOJIN LEE

Research Assistant

Hyojin Lee is a research assistant with the Eviction Lab and an undergraduate at Princeton University. She is a prospective member of the Chemistry department; however, she is also interested in Roman language and culture, mathematics, and creative writing. She has previously researched computational methods in biology. When not working as a research assistant, she is most likely attending class, running by Lake Carnegie, or watching bad movies with her roommate.Hyojin Lee is a research assistant with the Eviction Lab and an undergraduate at Princeton University.

She is a prospective member of the Chemistry department; however, she is also interested in Roman language and culture, mathematics, and creative writing. She has previously researched computational methods in biology. When not working as a research assistant, she is most likely attending class, running by Lake Carnegie, or watching bad movies with her roommate.
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SEJIN PARK

Research Assistant

Sejin is currently a senior at Princeton University studying Computer Science. Her main academic and personal interest lie at the intersection of technology and society, and she hopes to pursue a career studying and mediating the interaction of these two fields, especially in developing countries. At the Eviction Lab, she will be working closely with James researching legal infrastructure around housing by utilizing different computer science techniques such as natural language processing. In her free time, she enjoys leading backpacking trips with Princeton Outdoor Action, exploring new places as well as familiar places, a good cup of coffee, and learning to love new things. Sejin is currently a senior at Princeton University studying Computer Science.

Her main academic and personal interest lie at the intersection of technology and society, and she hopes to pursue a career studying and mediating the interaction of these two fields, especially in developing countries. At the Eviction Lab, she will be working closely with James researching legal infrastructure around housing by utilizing different computer science techniques such as natural language processing. In her free time, she enjoys leading backpacking trips with Princeton Outdoor Action, exploring new places as well as familiar places, a good cup of coffee, and learning to love new things.
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GILLIAN SLEE

Graduate Research Assistant

Gillian Slee is a first-year doctoral student in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University. She graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with a degree in Social Studies and a minor in Psychology. In 2017, Gillian earned her M.Phil. degree in Criminology at the University of Cambridge where she was a Herchel Smith Harvard Scholar. For her undergraduate thesis, she conducted an ethnographic study of public defenders and their clients in New York City’s criminal courts. Her master’s thesis explored legitimacy and legitimation in the British context and investigated how power-holders justified their authority in magistrates’ court. Gillian’s current research focuses on urban poverty, criminal justice, policy, and ethnography. At the Eviction Lab, Gillian is exploring the consequences of eviction on various neighborhood-level outcomes, including voting. Gillian Slee is a first-year doctoral student in Sociology and Social Policy at Princeton University.

She graduated from Harvard College in 2016 with a degree in Social Studies and a minor in Psychology. In 2017, Gillian earned her M.Phil. degree in Criminology at the University of Cambridge where she was a Herchel Smith Harvard Scholar. For her undergraduate thesis, she conducted an ethnographic study of public defenders and their clients in New York City’s criminal courts. Her master’s thesis explored legitimacy and legitimation in the British context and investigated how power-holders justified their authority in magistrates’ court. Gillian’s current research focuses on urban poverty, criminal justice, policy, and ethnography. At the Eviction Lab, Gillian is exploring the consequences of eviction on various neighborhood-level outcomes, including voting.
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HALEY ZENG

Research Assistant

Haley is an undergraduate student at Princeton with interests in computer science and social sciences including sociology and psychology. In her work as a research assistant in the Eviction Lab, she hopes to be able to apply her programming skills to help illuminate eviction trends in the US. In her free time, Haley enjoys baking, swimming, and spending time with friends.Haley is an undergraduate student at Princeton with interests in computer science and social sciences including sociology and psychology.

In her work as a research assistant in the Eviction Lab, she hopes to be able to apply her programming skills to help illuminate eviction trends in the US. In her free time, Haley enjoys baking, swimming, and spending time with friends.
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JAMES MINTON

Creative Director

James Minton is a designer and web developer committed to projects with a focus on public service and social justice. He holds degrees in photography, multimedia arts and psychology. Most recent projects include work on NYU School of Medicine’s website, and developing Justshelter.org in conjunction with Matthew Desmond’s release of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. As Creative Director of the Eviction Lab Web Team, he oversees visual design and user interface / CMS development. He also serves as project manager and principal liaison to the Research Team.James Minton is a designer and web developer committed to projects with a focus on public service and social justice.

He holds degrees in photography, multimedia arts and psychology. Most recent projects include work on NYU School of Medicine’s website, and developing Justshelter.org in conjunction with Matthew Desmond’s release of Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City. As Creative Director of the Eviction Lab Web Team, he oversees visual design and user interface / CMS development. He also serves as project manager and principal liaison to the Research Team.
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ABBY BAJUNIEMI

User Experience Consultant, Translator

Abby Bajuniemi is a former visiting professor of Linguistics and Spanish at Macalester College. She completed a PhD in Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at the University of Minnesota, where her research interests centered on language acquisition and sociolinguistics. She translates that love of language structure and teaching into a passion for accessibility and inclusivity in design and content. As part of Eviction Lab’s web team and resident User Experience consultant, she conducts research that informs the design and function of the website and its content (English and Spanish). Outside of work, she writes and speaks on the intersection of UX and linguistics and mentors young professional women.Abby Bajuniemi is a former visiting professor of Linguistics and Spanish at Macalester College.

She completed a PhD in Hispanic and Lusophone Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics at the University of Minnesota, where her research interests centered on language acquisition and sociolinguistics. She translates that love of language structure and teaching into a passion for accessibility and inclusivity in design and content. As part of Eviction Lab’s web team and resident User Experience consultant, she conducts research that informs the design and function of the website and its content (English and Spanish). Outside of work, she writes and speaks on the intersection of UX and linguistics and mentors young professional women.
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NOELE LUSANO

Lead Designer

Noele is a visual designer and photographer with 10+ years’ experience designing for the web, specializing in branding, creative direction, UI design and product development. She studied photography and design at London College of Communication. Drawn to complex design problems that seek to improve quality of life, she has contributed to a number of projects and redesigns in tech and ecommerce, and recently nonprofit. Her interests outside design are typography, cities, maps, learning and exploration. As lead designer for Eviction Lab she is committed to building intuitive and accessible user experiences which will serve as instruments for learning and change.Noele is a visual designer and photographer with 10+ years’ experience designing for the web, specializing in branding, creative direction, UI design and product development.

She studied photography and design at London College of Communication. Drawn to complex design problems that seek to improve quality of life, she has contributed to a number of projects and redesigns in tech and ecommerce, and recently nonprofit. Her interests outside design are typography, cities, maps, learning and exploration. As lead designer for Eviction Lab she is committed to building intuitive and accessible user experiences which will serve as instruments for learning and change.
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LANE OLSON

Technical Lead

Lane Olson holds a Bachelor of Science in computing science, with distinction, from the University of Alberta. With nearly two decades of web design and development experience, Lane has created interactive experiences for art galleries, universities, and highly acclaimed online courses. Through his previous work creating data visualizations and maps for online courses, like Mountains 101 and Indigenous Canada, Lane has developed a keen interest in creating interactive tools that are effective and easy to use. As the Technical Lead at Eviction Lab, Lane is working with the team to create the software architecture and implementation of the mapping and data tools for the project. When Lane’s not writing documentation or code, he’s helping out with a friend’s music project or working on one of his own.Lane Olson holds a Bachelor of Science in computing science, with distinction, from the University of Alberta.

With nearly two decades of web design and development experience, Lane has created interactive experiences for art galleries, universities, and highly acclaimed online courses. Through his previous work creating data visualizations and maps for online courses, like Mountains 101 and Indigenous Canada, Lane has developed a keen interest in creating interactive tools that are effective and easy to use. As the Technical Lead at Eviction Lab, Lane is working with the team to create the software architecture and implementation of the mapping and data tools for the project. When Lane’s not writing documentation or code, he’s helping out with a friend’s music project or working on one of his own.
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PATRICK SIER

Web Developer

Patrick received a Bachelor of Arts in public policy from the University of Michigan. This background has informed his work as a web developer, most recently creating tools for evaluations and interactive dashboards at a university research center. He has experience in data visualization and analysis as well as civic technology projects involving tenants’ rights and the justice system. As a developer for Eviction Lab’s web team, he works to integrate data and build functionality to make our mapping tool useful across a range of audiences and use cases.Patrick received a Bachelor of Arts in public policy from the University of Michigan.

This background has informed his work as a web developer, most recently creating tools for evaluations and interactive dashboards at a university research center. He has experience in data visualization and analysis as well as civic technology projects involving tenants’ rights and the justice system. As a developer for Eviction Lab’s web team, he works to integrate data and build functionality to make our mapping tool useful across a range of audiences and use cases.
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