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Molly W. Metzger

Assistant Professor
PhD, Northwestern University
Molly W. Metzger

Phone: 314-935-6989


Research interests:

Affordable housing

Social policy

Poverty and inequality​​​


Molly Metzger is an assistant professor at the Brown School and a board member at the Metro St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council. She received her B.A. in Women's Studies from Carleton College in 2001 and her Ph.D. in Human Development and Social Policy from Northwestern University in 2012. Prior to her doctoral training, she worked in low-income housing in Chicago as a social services coordinator. As a researcher, her current work focuses on housing policy in the United States. Specifically, she seeks to understand how housing policies create and reproduce segregation and inequality, such that these programs might be improved.

Metzger's major projects have included a community action project on public housing preservation in Chicago, a national analysis of the Section 8 housing voucher program, and most recently a collaboration with the St. Louis Housing Authority, in which she interviewed Section 8 renters in North St. Louis City and County about their housing options and preferences. Her research also extends into other areas of social welfare, including early childhood health and education. Her research has contributed to the literature demonstrating the health benefits of breastfeeding and the educational benefits of Head Start.
Her teaching falls largely under the Brown School's Social and Economic Development curriculum. She strives to engage students in real world problem-solving in the St. Louis region.

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