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 is also an editor for many Center publications, and most notably edited the Center’s book, A Place Called Home: The Social Dimensions of Homeownership, which was published in 2017 by Oxford University Press. She also coordinates the Center’s student programming, including the Graduate Student Fellowship, the Graduate Research Program, and the Undergraduate Communications Internship.
Before coming to UNC, Julia 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 and the recipient of the Weiss Best Colleague Award. She also served as an Editor for the Carolina Planning Journal from 2014-2016.