Deborah Freedman Lustig

Research Associate
Institute for the Study of Societal Issues
University of California at Berkeley

Deborah Freedman Lustig is a Research Associate at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI) at the University of California at Berkeley. Her research has focused on gender, education, and youth violence in the United States and Kenya, where she was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in 2004-2005. Her research on teenage mothers has been published in Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Childhood, and Childhood, Youth, and Social Work in Transformation: Implications for Policy and Practice (Columbia University Press, 2009). Her recent research focuses on young adults coming of age in Oakland, California. She is on the board of the African Library Project and Six Seconds, and she volunteers as a Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a child in foster care. Lustig earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Michigan.

As a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Lustig advised improvements to the qualitative survey questions and overall reporting structure for the Twelfth District’s Community Indicators Project (Vantage Point) and presented her current research to Community Development staff.