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Seminar Series: Adolescent Experiences and Adult Neighborhood Attainment

Kris Marsh, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Maryland
When Nov 19, 2012
from 12:00 PM to 01:00 PM
Where 0124B Cole Student Activities Building
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Contact Phone 301-405-6403
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About the Talk

This study combines data from the 1969-2009 waves of the Panel Study of Income Dynamics (PSID) with tract-level decennial census data to explore hypotheses regarding racial differences in adolescent neighborhood context and adult residential attainment for black and non-Hispanic white householders. Theories of racial differences in adult residential location decisions implicate a combination of economic constraints, neighborhood preferences and discrimination. Using a life course perspective, the authors examine how these theories explain differences in adult residential decisions and how location decisions are molded by residential histories formed in adolescence and developed throughout adulthood. A substantial share of the variation in adult neighborhood racial composition can be explained by adolescent neighborhood context though several socio-demographic, life course and socio-economic characteristics are important mediating factors. We discuss the development of racial differences in residential trajectories and the implications for these patterns on residential segregation. We conclude that focusing on current-time conditions in research on residential attainment misses the key source of racial differences in residential attainment—differences in adolescent context.

Kris Marsh

About the speaker

Kris Marsh received her PhD from the University of Southern California in 2005. She was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Carolina Population Center at the University of North Carolina before joining the faculty of Maryland in fall 2008. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Sociology, and affiliate faculty of the Maryland Population Research Center, Department of Women’s Studies, and African American Studies Department.

Professor Marsh’s general areas of expertise are the black middle class, demography, racial residential segregation, and education.  She has combined these interests to develop a research agenda. This agenda is divided into three broad areas: the black middle class, the intersection of educational attainment and racial identification, and intra-racial health disparities. The common theme in her work is decomposing what it means to be black in America by focusing on intra-group variability in regards to class, space, identity, educational achievement, and mental health.

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