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McNair Scholar 2015Hany Wahila

Hany Wahila is a senior at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, double majoring in political science and sociology with a minor in public health. She hopes to pursue a Ph.D. in international affairs that focuses on understanding the global conflict of countries attaining democracy. In addition her research interests also include immigration and relations between the African-American and African Diaspora communities.

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My dream is to better understand the international conflicts that exist in the world by attaining a Ph.D. in international relations or global policy. By helping countries better understand one another on a macro level, I will help resolve the issues that countries face in terms of their foreign affairs and decrease the chance of international conflicts that exists today and may continue to exist in the future.

Research project

A RADical Departure? The Redevelopment of Glendale Townhome

Abstract: In 2012 the Obama Administration and the Department of Housing and Development (HUD) developed a pilot program called Rental Assistance Administration (RAD). This program creates a private-public partnership by redeveloping public housing units and integrating them with the private sector. The Glendale Townhomes community in Minneapolis is one of many public housing developments scheduled for redevelopment in 2017. This research focuses on the Glendale Townhomes redevelopment by critiquing the RAD program. Specifically, this project will assess how existing residents shape the planning and design of a RAD program, understand how the RAD program is supportive or critical to the redevelopment process for the residents, and how length of residence in the housing, race, and nativity status are associated with levels of support for the redevelopment. This study aims to answer these research questions by conducting a multifaceted nested longitudinal approach, which includes collecting public documents, observational data, interviews, surveys, and focus groups with public housing residents, community residents, and public housing authorities. Post redevelopment of Glendale Townhomes, this study will contribute to the minimal existing research there is on RAD and the prospect of public-private partnerships in public housing. It will provide insight on what redevelopment entails and inform practitioners for future public housing redevelopment plans. Download poster. [PDF]

Faculty profile

Ryan Allen is currently an associate professor in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, where he is the director of the Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree. Allen attended The College of William and Mary where he received a BA in Economics. After working for the U.S. Department of Labor and the Urban Institute for three years, Allen pursued his Masters in City Planning (MCP) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After completion of his MCP, Allen went on to attain his Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His area of expertise and research interest is in urban planning in diverse communities and policy issues regarding refugees and immigrants in the United States.