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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.

Research & Policy

Our in-depth research of financial practices is intended to guide policymakers and opinion leaders working to improve the state of lending.

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News

June 1, 2019 | By Sam Silverstein, Lauren Tussey | Realtor Magazine
Consumers saddled with student loan debt often have to delay financial goals, like buying a home. But for those who want the benefits of ownership before their student debt is paid off, Fannie...
April 21, 2019 | By Bob Fernandez | The Philadelphia Inquirer
As graduation approached and they started looking for jobs in 2010, Jacqueline Franklin, Jami Reichardt, Bridgette Collins, and about 14 other women at the Sanford Brown Institute in Trevose came to...
April 1, 2019 | By Ben Unglesbee | Education Dive
As the Brookings report authors — Robin Howarth and Lisa Stifler of the nonprofit Center for Responsible Lending — note, a 1998 change to the Higher Education Act opened the door to...
March 28, 2019 | By Robin Howarth and Lisa Stifler | Brookings
This report addresses the trend of for-profit colleges going exclusively online or contracting with non-profit (mostly public) colleges to run their online programs. Using results from focus groups...

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