Stephanie Casey Pierce
Field of Study: Affordable Housing Policy; Homelessness; Criminal Justice Policy; Race and Equity; Public Administration/Management; Administrative Burden and Implementation
Stephanie Casey Pierce is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Administration in the Department of Political Science at the University of Tennessee and a Faculty Fellow at the Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy. Her core program of research centers on housing instability—evictions, foreclosures, and homelessness—and how it contributes to and stems from social and economic inequality. She also studies the impact of administrative burden on program equity and individual outcomes. Pierce received a PhD in Public Policy and Administration from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at the Ohio State University in 2020 and completed postdocs at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. She has nearly a decade of experience working in public policy, first for nonprofits that provided research, legislative, and best practices to elected officials, and later as a senior staff member at two state agencies. Pierce served as the Outreach Director for the Ohio Department of Commerce from 2009-2010 before beginning work as a manager for Ohio's foreclosure prevention program at the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA). She worked in several roles at OHFA, managing two divisions and eventually serving as Director for the Office of Homeownership Preservation.