Lauren Forbes

Lauren Whitney Forbes

Asst Professor

Crosley Tower

A&S School of Public and International A - 0375

Professional Summary

Lauren Forbes is an interdisciplinary urban policy scholar studying food systems, community development and cultural resilience in racially segregated neighborhoods.  Her research centers Black community healing and wealth building through local food based economies and uses frameworks of racial capitalism, social determinants of health and policy feedback theory to engage questions about reducing racial disparities in health and wealth and improving the quality of relationships between local governance, non-profit actors, and low-income families with children.  She explores policy and public administration questions related to political mobilization, public interest, social value, urban sustainability and American political development.  She earned a Ph.D from Georgia State University in 2022 in public policy, an MPH from Drexel University in 2013, and a B.S in biology from Oregon State University in 2011.