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Seminar Series: Michael Bader, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, American University

Timing, Pace, and Location of Neighborhood Racial and Ethnic Change in Large Metropolises from 1970 to 2010
When May 12, 2014
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

In the nearly half-century since the end of the Civil Rights Movement, the stark color line that segregated American neighborhoods has blurred, leading to disagreement about whether increasing integration represents an “end to segregation." We argue that a focus on segregation misses important racial and ethnic changes that occur within integrated neighborhoods that could suggest whether neighborhoods are likely to lead to sustained integration or re-segregation. To do so, we use a method previously unused in segregation research, growth mixture models, to identify common patterns based on how the shares of Whites, Blacks, Latinos, and Asians changed from 1970 to 2010 in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston metropolitan neighborhoods. We show that a large number of integrated neighborhoods have or will re-segregate over several decades, but that the likelihood of re-segregation depends on when initial integration occurs relative to political economic changes. For Blacks, this results from the passive avoidance by other racial and ethnic groups of Black neighborhoods rather than White flight while the timing and pace of Latino and Asian growth appears to consolidate traditional enclaves.

About the Speaker

Michael Bader

Michael D.M. Bader is Assistant Professor of Sociology at American University. He studies how cities and neighborhoods have changed since the end of the Civil Rights Movement and the consequences of neighborhoods on health. He also develops methods to integrate different forms of “small data” and “big data” into the study of neighborhood environments. His research has been published in sociological, geographic, and epidemiological journals. Before joining the sociology department at American, Dr. Bader was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania where he was also a senior fellow in the Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics. He received his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan and his B.A. in architecture and art history from Rice University.

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