Ann Owens PhD 2012 has been named one of four new William T. Grant Scholars. The program supports promising early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences with five-year research awards designed to expand their expertise into new disciplines, methods, and content areas. Owens's research will focus on programs and policies to help low-income families with children move to higher opportunity neighborhoods, as well as the potential promise of place-based opportunity (PBO) models that provide affordable housing in specific neighborhoods.
Owens received her PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard in 2012. She is now Associate Professor of Sociology and Management at the University of Southern California and Associate Director of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at the USC Price School of Public Policy.