Sean Angst
PhD Candidate, University of Southern California

Sean Angst is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Public Policy and Management at the University of Southern California. His research focuses on housing, community development, and racial justice. Currently, Sean is wrapping up his dissertation on affordability and neighborhood change in South Los Angeles. Through partnerships with local community organizations, the Affordable Los Angeles project facilitated 17 focus groups and 800 door-to-door surveys to explore the ways tenants survive, support one another, and resist harmful practices. During his time at USC, Sean also works as an organizer among graduate student workers and serves on the school's Teaching Excellence Committee. In these roles, he has fought for policies that prioritize student voice and safety as well as equity and inclusion initiatives focused on hiring, curriculum, training, and accountability.

Before coming to Los Angeles, Sean taught high school mathematics in Yazoo City, MS and served as Academic Resource Specialist at College Track — San Francisco. As an educator, he worked to create an environment where students could achieve their academic goals and gain skills to address issues in their daily lives. To this end, he tailored lessons to incorporate socio-emotional development, non-cognitive skills, and real-world application. At College Track, Sean also served as Chair of the National Math Initiative where he solidified evaluation methods and developed interventions implemented at sites across the country.

Sean's broader research agenda has centered around urban poverty and health. He analyzed structural inequality at the Center for Social Innovation and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity while contributing to the Neighborhood Data for Social Change project and the National Equity Atlas. Past projects also include an evaluation of cash transfer programs for aging adults in Yucatan, Mexico for RAND Corporation, an investigation of state Medicaid expansion decisions in the wake of the Affordable Care Act at The Century Foundation, and an examination of wellness initiatives in Los Angeles Public Schools for the REACH Demonstration Project.

Sean holds a master's degree in Public Policy from the University of Southern California and a bachelor's degree in Finance from the University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign.