She is an applied microeconomist interested in research that addresses the structural foundations of inequality. At the Inclusive Economy Lab, Dr. Abdul-Razzak oversees and directs research projects related to guaranteed income. She also has several projects focusing on the criminal justice system, with research exploring the role of police discretion in measurements of crime, interventions that reduce criminal justice involvement and violence exposure among youth, legal supports for youth at risk of incarceration, and the impact of free prison communication technology.
Prior to joining the Inclusive Economy Lab and the Harris School, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab. Dr. Abdul-Razzak holds a B.S. in civil engineering and political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago.
Youth Advocate Programs
The Crime Lab and Education Lab, in partnership with Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP), conducted a randomized controlled trial of YAP’s wraparound advocacy services to evaluate the program’s impact on youth academic outcomes and violence engagement outcomes.
Choose to Change
The Choose to Change program combines trauma-informed therapy with wraparound supports with the goal of reducing youth violence while improving educational outcomes outside of an institutional setting.