Mel Langness
Mel Langness
Policy Analyst
Justice Policy Center

Mel Langness is a policy analyst in the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center. They work on the Victimization team and have additional projects within the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center. Langness’s research focuses on analyzing systems of violence and harm while centering a community-conscious and trauma-informed lens. Their recent research includes a national study on the implementation of the Sexual Assault Medical Forensic Exam Protocol, an evaluation of an abusive partner intervention program, and ongoing technical capacity-building work with victim service organizations in Washington, DC. Langness is a mixed-methods researcher with experience in interviewing, surveying, qualitative coding, and community-engaged methods.

Before coming to Urban, Langness worked on campus sexual assault issues, researched domestic violence policy, and studied the spatial manifestations of social injustices as they earned their degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. They graduated from UNC with highest distinction and honors as a Morehead-Cain scholar with a bachelor of arts in political science and double minors in public policy and art history.

Research Areas
Crime, justice, and safety
Children and youth
Race and equity
Racial disparities in criminal justice
Structural racism in research, data, and technology