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Sociology Professor to Serve as PI on HUD-funded Project

Oct 03, 2013

Professor of Sociology Maria Krysan will be PI of a project, flowing through the Urban Institute, but funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, entitled: "The Housing Search Process of Racial and Ethnic Minorities." The focus of the project is on how Caucasians, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Latinos search for rental housing; HUD's interest in particular is in whether their measures of housing discrimination, which assume a particular housing search process, miss much of the action. One of the larger purpose of the project is to understand how this process contributes to the perpetuation of racially segregated neighborhoods. Researchers know surprisingly little about how this process unfolds, and this exploratory study will involve in-depth interviews, original survey data collection (attempting for the first time to track housing searches 'as they are happening'), and secondary data analysis. Kyle Crowder at the University of Washington is another senior member of the project. The PI’s will be working with the team at the Urban Institute in Washington D.C.