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Unpacking America's Eviction Crisis: Transforming Administrative Data for Policy

Speaker Lillian Leung, Graduate Research Asst., Eviction Lab, Princeton University, for the Wright Center Seminars in "Data Justice"

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Zoom link provided to RSVPs
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Conferences, Lectures & Seminars

The Wright Center for the Study of Computation & Just Communities: A Seminar in "Data Justice" - presentations surveying how data has been and continues to be brought to bear on issues of justice. Please sign up here. Learn more about the Wright Center here.  


  • 4/13 - Jay Aronson, Director of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon University
  • 4/20 - Jared Holt, Resident Fellow, Atlantic Council
  • 4/27 - Amiya Bhatia, Research Fellow in Social Epidemiology & Child Protection, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • 5/4 - Lillian Leung, Graduate Research Asst., Eviction Lab, Princeton University

Understanding eviction is foundational to understanding poverty and the affordable housing crisis in America and informing evidence-based policy change. This presentation focuses on two related projects from the Eviction Lab that illustrate the potential and challenges of using large administrative datasets to shed light on social issues such as evictions. This talk will first discuss the Eviction Lab's national eviction database, for which the Eviction Lab drew on millions of court records between 2000 and 2016 to provide a comprehensive analysis of evictions in America. In cleaning data for this first project, the Lab uncovered the phenomenon of serial evictions, which occur when landlords repeatedly file against the same tenant at the same address. This discovery led to a second, mixed-methods project. While longitudinal administrative data allows us to demonstrate the scope of the phenomenon, in-depth interviews with landlords help expand upon why serial evictions are occurring. Together, these projects have been influential to sparking discussion about landlord-tenant laws and eviction policies across the country, most evidently during the pandemic.

  • 5/11 - Alexa Koenig, Executive Director of the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • 5/18 - Jacque Wernimont, Distinguished Chair in Digital Humanities & Social Engagement, WGSS, Dartmouth College
  • ·5/25 - Leonardo Milano, Predictive Analytics Team Lead, & Stuart Campo, Data Responsibility Team Lead, UNOCHA Centre for Humanitarian Data
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