Breanca Merritt

O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs IUPUI

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Areas of Expertise

Racial/ethnic disparities, housing policy (evictions, affordability, homelessness), social policy (social service provision, poverty reduction), community development, state and local policy decisions.

Expert Bio

Breanca Merritt is a clinical assistant professor at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI and is the founding director of the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy at the IU Public Policy Institute. Her research examines how policies and programs facilitate racially inequitable outcomes across areas of social policy such as poverty reduction, housing, public safety, and social service provision, among others.

Her work at CRISP involves working with a team of analysts and students to understand the intersection of public policy and equity through program evaluations and community-engaged research in Indianapolis.

Merritt's Ph.D. is in health promotion sciences with an emphasis on health disparities from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center's Hudson College of Public Health. Her M.A. is in political science from Texas A&M University.

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Updated on: May 26, 2020