Dr. Laura A. Sullivan

Dr. Laura A. Sullivan

Director, Economic Justice Program, New Jersey Institute for Social Justice


Laura Sullivan is the Director of Economic Justice Program at the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. 

Laura is an experienced policy researcher who specializes in analyzing the long-term financial well-being and vulnerabilities of households, with a particular focus on assets and racial wealth disparities. 

She has co-authored and led the quantitative analysis of national survey data for a number of publications and policy briefs. Most recently, she was a Senior Research Associate at the Institute on Assets and Social Policy at Brandeis University. Her work exposing the trends and drivers of the racial wealth gap has been covered by major media outlets. Dr. Sullivan has also taught graduate-level quantitative methods and policy analysis courses at American University. Previously, she worked in policy advocacy for economic development in low-income communities and communities of color in California and served as an AmeriCorps member coordinating literacy programs in the Bay Area. 

She holds a Master of Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Social Policy from the Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University.