Denali Dasgupta


Denali K. Dasgupta is a Researcher at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. Her research investigates how systems and programs can support vulnerable youth and children through adolescence and into adulthood. Dasgupta focuses on youth development and out-of-school time programming for populations including young parents, youth in care, and youth facing complex challenges spanning home, school, and community. She has a particular interest in helping program leadership and staff leverage administrative data to better understand their youth populations and their program strategies. Dasgupta works on both the qualitative and quantitative aspects of mixed-methods design studies. Her research projects have provided evaluation and implementation support to federal and state programs, city agencies, and community organizations.

Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Dasgupta worked in housing, demographic, and municipal finance research for the Citizens’ Housing & Planning Council and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity. She collaborated on several studies that investigated the connections between household formation and access to affordable housing and quality education at the family and community level. She served as a Policy Analyst for the New York City Office of the Comptroller, where her work focused on equitable municipal service delivery and access to public resources.

Dasgupta received her Master of Urban Planning from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from Yale University.

Master of Urban Planning, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University

Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics, Yale University

Dasgupta, D. (2017, June). Developing research questions and program evaluation. Workshop presented at the Chapin Hall Collaborative Data + Practice Summit, Chicago, IL.

Dasgupta, D. (2017, June). Building a Program Narrative and Communicating with Data. Workshop presented at the Chapin Hall Collaborative Data + Practice Summit, Chicago, IL.

Dasgupta, D. (2017, April). Building a Strengths-based Narrative. Webinar presented as part of Ingenuity Chicago’s Data & Evaluation Track professional learning series, Chicago, IL.

Dasgupta, D., Brooks, C. and Mader, N. (2016, May). Anchor Institutions as Crucial Hubs: The Chapin Hall Collaborative. Presented at the Council of Large Public Housing Authorities (CLPHA)’s Bringing Education Home: Affordable Housing & Education Summit, Washington, DC.

Dasgupta, D. (2009). Brooklyn’s Roommate Belt. Presented at the Dreamland Pavilion: Brooklyn and Development Conference, Kingsborough Community College, Brooklyn, NY.

Dasgupta, D. (2008). New York City Demographics and Neighborhood Analysis. Guest Lecture for Housing Policy and Equitable Development course, School of International & Public Affairs, Columbia University, New York, NY.

Dasgupts, D. and Perine, J. (2007, December and 2008, February, April and October). PLANYC 2030 Analysis and Critique. Presented to American Planning Association, Metro Chapter; Office of the Comptroller of New York City; Community Preservation Corporation; Enterprise Foundation; CHPC Board; New York, New Visions Series, American Institute of Architects, New York, NY.

Dasgupta, D. (2007, December and 2008, May). Public Housing Supply and Demand. Presented at the PH21: Public Housing in the 21st Century Conference and NYCHA Senior Staff Retreat, New York, NY.

Shultz, H., Perine, J., Bahchieva, R. A., & Dasgupta, D. (2011). Impact of multifamily foreclosures and over-mortgaging in neighborhoods in New York City. New York, NY: Citizens Housing & Planning Council.

Zedalis, P., Doran, H., & Dasgupta, D. (2010). 12-year capacity study. New York, NY: Campaign for Fiscal Equity.