Mallory VanMeeterGraduate Studentthey/them/theirs and she/her/hers

I use qualitative and mixed methods research to elevate community-led solutions to social issues. I work with nonprofit and public system stakeholders to help them more effectively direct system resources, especially through investment in informal and community support networks. My current research focuses on community-based housing for youth and young adults facing homelessness, like host home programs and informal couch hopping. I explore the structural, organizational, and interpersonal conditions that influence these housing approaches. Through this work, I hope to help identify and remove barriers to stability that youth and their adult allies face.

Selected Publications and Presentations

VanMeeter, M. (2023). Creating home in community: Reframing and resourcing informal shared housing with natural supports as part of the solution to youth homelessness. Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago.

VanMeeter, M., Curry, S. R., Tully, B. A., Ault, S., Nesmith, A., & White, J. (2022). The Costs of Caring: Navigating Material Challenges When Adults Informally Host Youth Facing Homelessness. Youth & Society, 0(0).

Curry, S., VanMeeter, M., Tully, B. A., Ault, S., Garst, N., Adam, K., Nesmith, A., & White, J. (2021). Beyond a bed: Supportive connections forged between youth who are couch hopping and adult hosts. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 38, 13-26.

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  • Civil Society & Community Studies

Degree Program

  • PhD Human Ecology: Civil Society & Community Research


  • MS, Human Ecology, University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • BA, Anthropology and Gender and Sexuality Studies, University of Chicago



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