Research

My research interests lie in both urban sociology and family demography, particularly in questions of “where do people live?”, “why do they live there?”, and “what are the consequences of living there?”

My dissertation research is a three-fold study of residential segregation, housing turnover, and neighborhood connection (conceptualized as neighborhood collective efficacy) by race/ethnicity and family structure. Previous studies examining these residential outcomes have focused on race/ethnicity and have largely ignored family structure. I use 1990-2010 Decennial Census data from the Neighborhood Change Database to calculate Theil’s H and isolation indices to measure segregation, run generalized linear models for each time-period, and conduct decomposition analyses of the Theil’s H scores. I also use the 2007, 2009, and 2011 panels of the American Housing Survey (AHS) to analyze housing turnover by race/ethnicity and family structure and perform a series of multinomial logistic regression analyses. Finally, I use the 2013 panel of the AHS to explore neighborhood connection, and run linear regression analyses for social cohesion and social control. My results suggest that residential segregation, housing turnover, and neighborhood connection vary by both race/ethnicity and family structure. The consideration and inclusion of family structure in the analysis of residential outcomes is essential for a more complete understanding.

Other current research projects include (1) a cross-sectional analysis of residential segregation for families by the presence of children; (2) a project examining the relationship between family instability, neighborhood disorder, and cognitive and behavioral outcomes for children; (3) the relationship between housing tenure and nonresident father involvement; and (4) a paper currently under review examining Muslim/non-Muslim disparities in residential attainment in Philadelphia among blacks and nonblacks.