Natasha O. Fletcher  is the Associate Director of the Center for Urban Research and Education. Her research interests are poverty, inequality, housing, community development, public policy development, and social justice (among other areas).  Natasha holds a Ph.D. in housing with a minor in community development from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. Her dissertation/book Poverty Deconcentration, Housing Mobility, and the Construction of Recent U.S. Housing Policy: A Discourse Analysis of the Policy-Making Process (Saarbrücken, Germany: LAP Lambert, 2013) seeks to answer how and why poverty deconcentration and housing mobility have dominated recent housing policy discourse and produced HUD’s Moving to Opportunity program/experiment. Her most recent publications include The Garden City Revisited? A Commentary to Okulicz-Kozaryn’s
Article “Natural Sprawl” in Administration & Society, 17 April, 2014 and Jargowsky, P., & Tursi, N. (in press). Concentration of Disadvantage. In J. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed.). Oxford, UK: Elsevier Science, Ltd.  Natasha also teaches courses in poverty & the urban environment, housing policy and its impact on urban areas, and a graduate colloquium in housing policy for the Graduate Department of Public Policy and Administration at Rutgers-Camden.