New America Future of Land and Housing Social Impact Fellowship

Fellowship Description

The Future of Land and Housing (FLH) Program at New America seeks applicants with an interest in U.S. housing, land, and property rights for the Spring Semester. This role is an excellent stepping stone and fantastic opportunity to gain a broad range of experience relevant to contributing to the fields of housing and land use in a supportive, creative and collaborative environment.

The selected applicant will be an integral part of the FLH team, and will conduct research, writing, and analytic support for New America’s domestic housing and land policy portfolio. This includes, but is not limited to, collaborating with counties and cities to improve their collection and analysis of eviction and foreclosure data; exploring the links between climate change, housing and environmental justice; and conducting research with local partners in a few case study locations to understand an under-researched barrier to homeownership and financial mobility, particularly for communities of color. 

The selected applicant will have an opportunity to be part of the fast-paced and dynamic FLH team, and assist with research (quantitative or qualitative), writing (e.g., blogs, articles for the press, as well as policy papers), event support, and general administrative duties. The ideal candidate is a self-starter, with excellent writing, research and data analysis skills, has the ability to multi-task and complete tasks in a timely manner, has experience and passion in policy and possesses some prior understanding of land and housing issues. 

Your Host

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We are dedicated to renewing the promise of America by continuing the quest to realize our nation's highest ideals, honestly confronting the challenges caused by rapid technological and social change, and seizing the opportunities those changes create. Since 1999, New America has nurtured a new generation of policy experts and public intellectuals. Today we are a community of innovative problem-solvers, combining our core expertise in researching, reporting and analysis with new areas of coding, data science, and human-centered design to experiment and innovate nationally and globally. We prize our intellectual and ideological independence and our diversity, seeking to do our best work and to reflect the America we are becoming.

SIF Mentor

Sabiha Zainulbhai
Senior Policy Analyst, New America
Social Impact Fellowship Mentor

I'm Sabiha Zainulbhai, a Senior Policy Analyst at the Future of Land and Housing program at New America. We are a small and nimble team that focuses on housing and land use policy both in the U.S. and internationally.  Through our research and writing, convening, and collaboration, we strive to connect new constituencies, shed light on underreported issues, and implement creative approaches in the property rights space. Both in the U.S. and abroad, housing and land ownership are the foundation upon which individual households and communities build stability and wealth.  Ensuring that housing and land policy is proactively mitigating past harm and alleviating future harm is integral to this work.

Current & Former New America Fellows

Lidia Tripiccione, GS, SLA
Social Impact Fellow

"I was born and raised in Italy, where I earned my BA in foreign languages (German and Russian) and my MA in Philosophy of Language. After that, I moved to Princeton and I am currently a rising fifth-year student at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures. I am interested in the reception of Russian and Soviet theories of literature in the USA and several European countries during the Cold War."

Sophie Chopin, GS, FIT
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow

Sophie is a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of French and Italian. She also participated as a University Administrative Fellowship with the Financials Team in the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School. Working with André Benhaim, she is interested in the obsolescence of urban space, considering how contemporary literature views the modernization of cities as a ruin-producing phenomenon. 

Rebekah Haigh, GS, REL
Community College Teaching Fellow
University Administrative Fellow
Social Impact Fellow

"Taking part in the GradFUTURES Fellowship program was an enriching experience both professionally and personally. It opened up a whole world of experiences and possibilities that I plan on exploring in the future."

Elaine Tsui, GS, CHE
GradFUTURES Fellow

"My mentor helped me realize what career I wanted to pursue, and my experience as a GradFUTURES Fellow gave me the confidence to pursue that career. Taking part in this program opened my eyes to the possibilities outside of Princeton and equipped me with a new understanding of myself, personally and professionally."