Natasha O. Fletcher  is the Acting Director (6/2016 – 6/2017) of the Center for Urban Research and Education. Her research interests are in poverty, inequality, housing, community development, public policy development, and social justice (among other areas).  Natasha holds a Ph.D. in planning and public policy 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 Fletcher, N., & King, A. (2017). Creating a sanctuary for youth in Camden, New Jersey. Shelterforce, Vol.38 (2) and Jargowsky, P., & Tursi, N. (2015). 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 gentrification, social movements, and the arts in Germany, 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.