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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.

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