People

Headshot of Amy Hawn Nelson, PhD

Amy Hawn Nelson, PhD

  • Director of Training and Technical Assistance, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy

3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building, Room C2
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214
  • office: 714.616.0796
  • fax: 714.616.0796

Amy Hawn Nelson is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for AISP, charged with overseeing all aspects of the AISP Learning Communities Initiative. This includes providing training, technical assistance, and support to developing IDS sites. Prior to joining AISP in 2017, Dr. Hawn Nelson was the Director of Social Research for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, an applied research institute serving the Charlotte region for over 40 years, and Director of the Institute for Social Capital, an integrated data system charged with supporting university research and enhancing data-informed decision-making in the Charlotte region. Prior to entering the world of IDS’ in 2012, Hawn Nelson served as a teacher and school leader for 11 years. Hawn Nelson is a community engaged researcher, and has presented and written extensively on intersectional topics related to educational equity. She is a co-editor of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: School Desegregation and Resegregation in Charlotte (Feb. 2015, Harvard Education Press).

Dr. Hawn Nelson has a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Urban Education from UNC Charlotte, a Masters in School Administration from UNC Charlotte, a Masters in Teaching from Johns Hopkins University, and a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies and a BA in Sociology from NC State University.

SP2 News

Faculty & Research, Global Engagement

International Experts Assemble to Examine, Investigate Public Health and Epidemics

On May 13 and 14, Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, and other international scholars and public health experts will assemble in...

Students from the MSSP 797 course in Havana, with instructor Azahara Palomeque

Student Life, Global Engagement

Social Issues Through a Global Lens: SP2 Students Reflect on Their Immersion Experience in Cuba

For students in the Master of Science in Social Policy (MSSP) program at Penn’s School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), having both a...

Faculty & Research

National Survey Examines Emergency Department Management of Deliberate Self-Harm

How routinely do emergency room staff members properly provide help to individuals who present for self-harm? Do they appropriately assess...

SP2 Student Emily Berkowitz presents at the APPAM Student Conference

Student Life

Students Present Policy Research on Housing, Immigration, Harassment

Four students from the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2) shared their research across a wide range of...

Discover More