Suzanne Kahn

Suzanne Kahn is Deputy Director of the Great Democracy Initiative and Education Program at the Roosevelt Institute. Suzanne most recently worked as a research analyst at SEIU 32BJ, where she built a program to organize workers in new residential developments. Prior to that she worked on SEIU’s campaign to pass comprehensive healthcare reform. Suzanne holds a Ph.D. in American history from Columbia University and earned her B.A. from Yale University. Her forthcoming book, tentatively titled A Failed Separation: Divorce and the Origins of the Contemporary American Welfare State, won the American Society for Legal History’s Cromwell Dissertation Prize. As an undergraduate, in 2005, Suzanne was a founder of the Roosevelt Network.

 

 

 

Suzanne Kahn in the News


The Connection Between Student Loan Debt And The Racial Wealth Gap, BET

How the student debt crisis falls hardest on black Americans, The Week

How For-Profit Colleges Have Targeted and Taken Advantage of Black StudentsVice

The idea of “free college” has assumed an important place in the world of big and bold new policy ideas. However, it’s become an umbrella phrase for a variety of different policy proposals with very different terms and conditions. A free college plan can reinforce progressive values—reducing racial disparities, supporting democracy, and building a more

As policymakers consider free or debt-free college plans, it is critical that they recognize that today higher education is essential and that the federal government can play a vital role in ensuring that quality higher education is broadly accessible. Many current free or debt-free college proposals share a similar structure of creating federal-state partnerships, but

The $1.6 trillion student debt crisis is holding back many Americans, but it is especially damaging to racial equality. Already disadvantaged by generational wealth disparities, Black students and their families end up paying more for college than white families do, and they get a lot less in the end. To build a higher education system

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