Sandra Newman directs the Center on Housing, Neighborhoods, and Communities at the Hopkins Institute for Health and Social Policy in the university’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. She holds joint professorial appointments with the Departments of Sociology and Health Policy and Management.
Newman's interdisciplinary research focuses on the effects of housing and neighborhoods on children and families, and on the dynamics of neighborhood change. Her current research includes studies of the effects of key housing attributes, such as affordability, tenure (owning versus renting), and receipt of housing subsidies on the life outcomes of children and adults, and racial disparities in the effects of the tumultuous 2000 decade on young adult household formation.
She is also a nonresident fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute.