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Robin Howarth

Senior Researcher

Robin is based in CRL's Durham office and has been a senior researcher there since late 2015 conducting research in student lending, small dollar lending, and debt buying. She also co-leads the student loan issue team with a focus on defending student borrower protections at the federal level and increasing federal and state accountability for student loan servicers and for-profit colleges.

Prior to joining CRL, Robin was a visiting professor in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC, where she also earned her PhD. From 2003 until 2015, she taught graduate and undergraduate economic and community development courses with a particular emphasis on finance. Her research interests at UNC focused on urban real estate markets, market analysis, and community development/ engagement.

Her background also includes experience serving as a grant reviewer for U.S. Treasury's CDFI Fund and facilitating workshops for state and local officials in development finance. She began her career in banking on the West Coast in various corporate and commercial real estate lending roles. Robin earned her BA and MA from Stanford University.

News

January 5, 2017
Research released earlier today by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finds that a growing number of consumers aged 60 or older are struggling financially to repay student loans. The...
August 18, 2016
New research finds that in states without triple-digit payday loans, 90 million consumers save more than $2.2 billion each year that would have otherwise been paid to lenders. These costs savings...
April 20, 2016
Today the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a new report that proves how high-cost fees on small-dollar loan create rather than resolve financial challenges for borrowers. An 18...

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