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Ken Steif, PhD

  • Researcher, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy

Ken Steif has focused on the use of data and analytics in the public policy realm for more than a dozen years. He combines technical knowledge of Geographic Information Systems and econometric analysis with an interest in housing policy, education, the economics of neighborhood change, transportation policy and more. Ken teaches the keystone course for Penn’s Smart Cities program in the City Planning department, a course that is cross-listed with the Masters of Urban Spatial Analytics program. This class teaches new and emerging technologies at the forefront of data science and evidenced-based public policy. His work has focused on the costs and benefits of gentrification; on the Philadelphia school crisis and the connection between good schools and healthy neighborhoods; and recently on the use of predictive analytics to forecast bike share demand in cities like Philadelphia. He is a proud resident of West Philadelphia where he lives with his wife Diana and their son Emil.

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

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Faculty & Research

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SP2 Student Emily Berkowitz presents at the APPAM Student Conference

Student Life

Students Present Policy Research on Housing, Immigration, Harassment

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