My main focus was on the people impacted by planning decisions
and social policies that differentially impacted certain groups,
especially the poor, in society.
I was always interested in poverty and inequality and the
intersection of race and class. For me, that is most clearly
demonstrated in the housing market where racial and class
segregation relegate the poor and minorities to the most
disadvantaged neighborhoods. I became more interested in how
neighborhood outcomes affect people’s quality of
The findings of my research excite me because they can actually
have an impact on policy decisions. We found that neighborhood
outcomes are related to housing stability for the formally
homeless—a relationship not previously examined.
I believe everyone has the right to access decent affordable
housing in neighborhoods that afford them opportunities for social
and economic mobility. That is the importance of research that
informs policy supporting subsidized housing mobility programs.