Steven Brown is an Urban Institute associate with the Research to Action Lab at the Urban Institute. He researches programs that promote equality of opportunity among urban residents, with a focus on housing practices and policies. His research interests generally concern socioeconomic and racial inequality in the United States, and he has conducted research on segregation in mortgage lending and racial inequalities in earnings and labor market outcomes. Before joining Urban, Brown was an analyst at Abt Associates, where he contributed to several research evaluations, including the Family Options Study of interventions for homeless families.
Brown holds a BA in sociology and African American studies from Princeton University and an MA in sociology from Harvard University, where he was a doctoral fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School and the recipient of awards from the National Science Foundation and the Ford Foundation. He will complete his PhD in sociology at Harvard in 2017.