Amy Hawn Nelson BIO

amy hawn nelsonAmy Hawn Nelson is the Director of Social Research for the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute and the Director of the Institute for Social Capital, Inc., an integrated data system charged with supporting university research and enhancing data-informed decision-making in the Charlotte region. Hawn Nelson is a community engaged researcher generally focusing on education and housing related issues. She has written and presented extensively on the topic of educational equity and is a co-editor of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: School Desegregation and Resegregation in Charlotte (Feb. 2015, Harvard Education Press). She is a Charlotte native and proud graduate of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Prior to joining the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute in 2012, Hawn Nelson served as a teacher and school leader for 11 years. She holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction and Masters’ degrees in Teaching and in School Administration. Her research interests include long-term schooling outcomes, community-based school improvement efforts, data-informed decision making, and integrated data systems.