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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 W. Metzger is an Assistant Professor at the Brown School. She also serves as chair of the Domestic Social and Economic Development concentration at the Brown School, Faculty Director for Thriving Communities at the Center for Social Development, Community Engagement Fellow at the Gephardt Institute, and board member at the Metropolitan 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. 

Metzger’s research focuses on public policy, structural racism, and residential segregation in the United States. Her major projects have included a community action study of public housing preservation in Chicago, a national analysis of the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program, and most recently a collaboration with the St. Louis Housing Authority, in which she interviewed Section 8 renters about their housing options and preferences. 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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