Senior Policy Analyst
Colleen Cain began working at the Northeast-Midwest Institute in 2010. As Senior Policy Analyst, Dr. Cain works on a number of issues, including regional demographic trends, the revitalization of older cities, sustainable communities, and federal funding. As Research Council Project Director, she aids the organization President in the establishment of a new approach for delivering timely and cutting edge information on critical regional issues to the Coalitions, states, and the region, generally.
Dr. Cain received master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from the University of Florida. She completed her bachelor’s degree, also in sociology, from John Carroll University. Dr. Cain’s primary areas of interest and research are urban studies and inequality as it relates to race, income, gender, and environment. For her doctoral dissertation, she conducted research in her hometown of Pittsburgh, focusing on the city’s first Community Benefits Agreement.