Associate Director, Office of Student Research
Laura directs research activities at the PRC. Laura’s research and teaching focus on exploring and developing equitable forms of producing and sharing knowledge, at every stage of the research process. She has collaborated with immigrant rights organizations in Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Chicago, centering the disparities community members articulate in access to social services, programs and protections. These activities informed efforts to reform immigration, social welfare and disaster recovery programs and policies, targeting inequity at the intersection of gender, racial, ethnic and class positions. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. in Sociology-Environmental Studies and Latin American Studies from Whitman College.
Amber S. Hendley
Fair Housing Testing Coordinator, Policy Research Collaborative
Amber coordinates Fair Housing Testing for the PRC. After completing her B.S. in Applied and Computational Mathematics at Florida State University, she taught math in high schools exclusively focused on supporting the academic achievement of students from disadvantaged backgrounds in North Carolina and Florida. Perpetually reminded of how influential and important family, community, and environment are in shaping individual outcomes, she began researching the political economy of redistribution and inequity and the consequences and remedies of racial and ethnic inequity in economic, political and social outcomes. While completing her M.A. Analytical Political Economy at Duke University, she was a researcher and economic analyst on the first study to put a dollar amount on how much wealth was extracted from Chicago’s black community in the 1950s and 60s through home contract sales.
Research Coordinator, Policy Research Collaborative
Jessica joined the PRC team in April 2019. More about Jessica coming soon!