Dr. Maggie Deichert
Director of Policy Development & Research
Dr. Maggie Deichert is the director of Policy Development and Research for DHA. In her position, Dr. Deichert collects and evaluates geographic and socio-economic data to create clear and concise reports that assess the contributing factors of poverty in North Texas. Dr. Deichert contributes towards DHA’s goal to provide affordable quality housing across North Texas by researching the current conditions of communities in poverty and developing strategies to combat these conditions.
Dr. Deichert is a recent Vanderbilt University doctoral graduate in political science with a focus in American politics and statistical methodology. Dr. Deichert’s dissertation explored how political identity affects the daily social interactions of U.S. communities. She has extensive experience in using research design, survey design and execution, quantitative and qualitative data collection and advanced statistical analysis as a means of implementing change in communities.
Throughout her doctoral studies, Dr. Deichert was the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including the Research on Individuals, Politics, and Society Lab Grant and the Vanderbilt Department of Political Science Competitive Summer Award. Dr. Deichert’s research has been published in both political science journals and culture magazines.
Her past experiences researching and analyzing the attitudes, behaviors, and characteristics of different populations will enable Dr. Deichert to gather and evaluate appropriate data to help all North Texas communities. After graduating from the Hofstra University Honors College with a degree in political science, Dr. Deichert attended the Pennsylvania State University School of International Affairs and received an M.I.A. in international affairs. Dr. Deichert then attended Vanderbilt University where she obtained both a M.A. and Ph.D. in political science.