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Julia’s research focuses on economic mobility, student debt, and the role of housing as a platform for social services. She is currently exploring the impact of consumer debt, such as student debt, on households around the nation through a mixed-methods collaborative project supported by the MetLife Foundation. She has edited many Center publications, including A Place Called Home: The Social Dimensions of Homeownership, which was published in 2017 by Oxford University Press.

Julia has worked as a community organizer for the Texas Hillel Foundation and with Fusebox Festival’s thinkEAST project, a mixed-income, mixed-use development in Austin, Texas. She earned her B.A. with highest distinction from the University of Kansas in history and her M.C.R.P. from the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC Chapel Hill, where she was a Weiss Urban Livability Fellow, editor of the Carolina Planning Journal, and the recipient of the Weiss Best Colleague Award.