about us

The SexGen Policy lab brings together the scholarship and advocacy of Amy Castro Baker, PhD, MSW Assistant Professor, and Amy Hillier, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor. The lab aims to build and disseminate knowledge at the intersection of critical theory, gender, and sexuality with a distinct emphasis on applied policy, economic, and housing research. Our work positions social science research on gender beyond risk and into a posture of resilience and strength to be leveraged for social change, social supports, and policy innovation.  


We re-conceptualize policy work as needing to occur across the public and private institutions that inform and infuse the lives of people experiencing marginalization in society and the housing economy— particularly those of LGBTQ youth who are most vulnerable. The lab provides methodological and theoretical scaffolding while serving as a research hub for Penn students, faculty, and community partners who co-create our research efforts. Funding for the SexGen Policy lab was generously provided by the Penn Futures Project and a gift to the School of Social Policy and Practice.