Rodriguez, Maria Y. | MSW | PhD

Assistant Professor
Phone: (212) 396-7781
Office: 441
Areas of Expertise:
Algorithmic Decision Making in Human Services
Housing – Federal housing policy, affordable housing, homeownership, Latino housing market participation
Demography (CIDR Faculty affiliate)
Computational Social Science
Social Media for Social Work Research
Social policy (macro and micro levels)
Community organizing
Data science
Mixed research methods
Federal Housing Policy

Ph.D., University of Washington, School of Social Work
M.S.W., University of Pennsylvania, School of Social Policy & Practice

Social Welfare Policy and Services I
Community Organizing I
Community Organizing II


Rodriguez, Maria Y. (2014). “¿Podemos Darnos el Lujo del Sueño Americano? Can we afford the American Dream?” University of Minnesota: Hubert Project. Url:

Rodriguez, M. Y. Policy Process Theory in the Age of Big Data: Applying data science methods to the study of the policy process. [Under Review]

Baker-Castro, A. & Rodriguez, M.Y. Capturing Meaning and Impact in Real-Time: Mixed Methods and Supervised Machine Learning in Big Data Policy Analysis [Under Review]

Ostrow, L., Rodriguez, M.Y., & Kemp, S.P. Scaling Up Social Problems. [In Process]

Rodriguez, M. Y. Does Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling with Low-Income Latino/a households Successfully Mitigate Foreclosure? [In Process]


Dr. Rodriguez’ current research focuses on three main areas:

  • Federal Foreclosure Mitigation Policy development and implementation

  • Supervised machine learning applications for policy analysis and mixed-methods research

  • Twitter as a community organizing platform; social justice narratives on Twitter