Announcing the 2017 John R. Meyer Dissertation Fellows


(L-R, Joshua Abel, Jasmin Sandelson, Justin D. Stern, and Sophie Q. Wang)

Doctoral students studying housing and mortgage markets, homeless youth, technological disruption in housing markets, and how the globalization of call centers is affecting urban development patterns have been named 2017 John R. Meyer Dissertation Fellows by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies. 
The 2017 Meyer Fellows are:
Joshua Abel, a doctoral student in economics who is writing his dissertation about housing and mortgage markets.

Jasmin Sandelson, a doctoral student in sociology who is writing her dissertation about unaccompanied homeless youth.

Justin D. Stern, a doctoral student in urban planning and design who is writing his dissertation about how global outsourcing in the call center industry is affecting urban form and development in Manila and Bangalore.

Sophie Q. Wang, a doctoral student in economics who is writing her dissertation about how technological innovations, such as AirBnB, are affecting housing markets.
Meyer Fellows receive a stipend and access to the Joint Center’s resources and interdisciplinary network of scholars and practitioners. They are expected to produce a working paper and also to present their work at the Joint Center’s Housing Research Seminar.
The fellowship honors the memory of the late John R. Meyer, who chaired the JCHS Faculty Committee from 1997 to 2003 and served as its Interim Director from 1996 to 1998. One of the leading urban economists of his generation, Meyer also was the James W. Harpel Professor of Capital Formation and Economic Growth Emeritus at the Harvard Kennedy School. He also served as president of the National Bureau of Economic Research, as a professor at Harvard Business School, and in the economics departments at both Harvard and Yale.
The Joint Center for Housing Studies, a partnership of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Harvard Kennedy School, advances understanding of housing issues and informs policy through its research, education, and public outreach programs.
Click here for more information about the fellowship.