Carrie Schuettpelz

Title & Affiliation
Senior Fellow of Practice Instruction
Associate Professor of Practice School of Planning and Public Affairs


  • MFA, Creative Writing, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2016
  • MPP, Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government, 2009
  • BA, Political Science and Anthropology, University of Iowa, 2006

Carrie Lowry Schuettpelz is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. She is a writer and policy practitioner.

Carrie currently serves as an Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Planning and Public Affairs (SPPA) at the University of Iowa. She is also the Director of Undergraduate Studies for SPPA. Her policy areas of expertise include Tribal policy, homelessness, and affordable housing. As a practitioner, she works with communities across Iowa to create plans to prevent and end homelessness, and develop more sustainable models of affordable housing. She has also undertaken projects with organizations across the country to create more equitable Native policy.

Prior to joining the faculty at Iowa, Carrie was a policy advisor in the Obama Administration, focusing especially on homelessness and Tribal policy. Prior to that, she was a Fulbright Scholar in Copenhagen, Denmark. She holds a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, as well as an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Carrie's debut nonfiction book, The Indian Card, is forthcoming from Flatiron in October 2024. For that project, she was awarded the Whiting Nonfiction Grant. She is represented by Ayesha Pande Literary.

Research Interests

  • Experiential Learning
  • Homelessness Policy
  • Internship and Career Development
  • Public Policy Curriculum