Antoine Lovell, PhD, MSW, MPA
Race and racism
Community-based participatory research
Dr. Lovell is social policy researcher studying how race and racism impact public policymaking and administration —through a social justice lens. His program of research focuses on understanding how to improve the use of scientific evidence to inform government action surrounding homelessness among children and young adults. In particular, his work seeks to better center the lived experiences of those without homes and residents in public housing in the research literature by engaging in community participatory action research and developing strategies to support the voices of vulnerable citizenry. Dr. Lovell’s research was funded by the William T. Grant Foundation to review federal and state housing policies use of research in the context of developmental and racial equity; to experimentally test framing of scientific evidence on housing with policy audiences. This funding seeks to test the effectiveness of such an approach for improving the use of evidence in policymaking, known as the Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC). This model supports productive researcher-policymaker interactions—particularly related to preventing youth homelessness.