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Public Policy Research Seminar: Connections Between Unstable Housing and Unstable Schooling

Photo of Professor Deirdre Oakley with arms folded in front of shrubbery.
Event Date: October 17, 2017 - 3:45 p.m.
Location: Integrated Sciences Complex, 2nd Floor, Room 2003

Home and School for the Time Being? Connections Between Unstable Housing and Unstable Schooling Among Very Low-Income Families in Atlanta

Deirdre Oakley is a professor of sociology at Georgia State University and a Managing Editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs. She is currently working on a collaborative National Science Foundation-funded project called “Interrupting Place-based Inequality: Building Sustainable Communities through Shared Equity Homeownership." Her research focuses primarily on how metropolitan social disadvantages concerning education, housing, health, neighborhood change as well as redevelopment are often compounded by geographic space and racialized urban policies. Oakley has provided Congressional testimony concerning public housing preservation to the Financial Services Committee. She received her BA in American history from Bowdoin College and graduate degrees (in geography and sociology) from the State University of New York at Albany. 

Matthew Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City (2016) provides a stark accounting of the multiple challenges faced by very low-income families in the private rental market to remain stably housed in decent housing. Frequent residential moves associated with housing insecurity produces a range of negative effects including school instability for children. As elementary schools tend to be neighborhood-based, children from very poor households attending such schools are particularly affected by disrupted residential and academic environments and the schools themselves experience high turnover rates as the result. The purpose of this new study is to examine how the low-income private rental housing market in high poverty, highly segregated neighborhoods affect/shape the lives of families with children attending local public elementary schools in Atlanta. This talk presents some preliminary findings. 

For disability-related accommodations, including dietary accommodations, please visit www.ada.umb.edu two weeks prior to the event.