Sandra Newman, a nationally recognized expert on housing issues and a principal research scientist at the Johns Hopkins University's Institute for Policy Studies, has been appointed director of the institute.
Newman has served as interim director since July 1997, when Lester Salamon stepped down as director to focus on his research program on nonprofits. IPS, located on the university's Homewood campus, is devoted to the analysis of public problems and the identification of solutions to those problems.
"Sandee has done an excellent job as interim director," said Steven Knapp, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. "She has established a strong vision for the future of the institute and has shown a keen interest in maximizing collaborations with faculty across the university."
Newman came to Hopkins in 1982 from the University of Michigan, where she was a senior researcher at the Institute for Social Research and a tenured associate professor in the College of Architecture and Urban Planning. She was the associate director for research at IPS before becoming interim director.
"I am honored to be taking on the leadership of this outstanding organization," Newman said. "IPS has a constellation of strengths, including highly regarded colleagues engaged in cutting-edge research across a broad spectrum of social policy and one of the best ranked graduate programs in policy studies in the country."
Newman earned her bachelor's degree in sociology and economics from Brooklyn College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in urban planning from New York University. She has been a Fulbright Senior Fellow at the Australian National University and a Visiting Scholar in the research office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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