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Alison Neustrom, Ph.D.
Research Director, Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR)

Alison Neustrom, Ph.D. is the Research Director for the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR). PAR is a private nonprofit research organization offering solutions to critical public issues in Louisiana through accurate, objective research and focusing public attention on those solutions. Dr. Neustrom joined PAR after serving as the Vice-President for Public Policy at the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations where she was responsible for monitoring legislation and informing public policy for the benefit of Louisiana’s nonprofit sector and the people it serves. Prior to that, she served as Assistant Secretary of the Office of Family Support at the Department of Social Services, which administers the SNAP program, TANF, Child Support Enforcement, Child Care, Child Care Licensing and Disability Determinations.

Dr. Neustrom served four years as Director of Policy and Planning at the Department of Social Services, during which she led state and federal public policy development while administering hurricane recovery projects. She also worked as a Research Associate at the Administrative Offices of the Courts at the California Judicial Council in the Center for Families, Children and the Courts.

Dr. Neustrom holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and a master’s in Social Work and Ph.D. in Sociology from Louisiana State University. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkley School of Social Welfare.

Current Topic


10/14 - Louisiana’s Congressional Priorities

What should Louisiana’s Congressional priorities be?

Special Presentation


Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

Coming Soon!


11/14 - Destination: Graduation

How is Louisiana addressing its dropout problem?

Recent Topics


09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?


08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?


07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?

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