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Anne Shlay


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(215) 204-7931


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  • PhD, MA, Univ. of Massachusetts/Amherst
  • BA, Indiana Univ./ Bloomington

areas of expertise

  • Urban Sociology
  • Housing Policy
  • Child Care Policy
  • Israel
  • Poverty and Homeless
  • Evaluation Research
  • Applied Sociology

courses i teach

  • Housing and Inequality
  • Urban Sociology
  • Urban Dynamics
  • Jerusalem: The Politics of Space

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My work is profiled here.


I am an urban sociologist.  Urban sociology focuses on how the connection between the physical development of cities and the people who live there.  It is about space and place and how these affect the lives and opportunities of communities who vary by race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, age, income, and more. Urban space and location is a major reason for poverty and inequality across cities and throughout the urbanizing world. 


My research and teaching focus on the political economy of urban development.  I look at power arrangements and institutional decision making to determine how these affect urban social spatial patterns.  My belief is that if we can understand how people are economically harmed by different political arrangements, we can change them.  So I work at documenting the decisions and activities of large and powerful institutions such banks, land holders, corporations and governments.


I try to do research that policy makers and community organizations can use to address social change. I've written extensively on banking and disinvestment, housing ideology, community organizing, homelessness, and homeownership. I was a pioneer in the use of HMDA data (federally mandated disclosure of bank residential lending practices) to address issues of racial discrimination in mortgage lending and the uneven development of cities.


My current work focuses on two major areas. 


My first research area is U.S. housing.  I am concerned with housing tenure (homeownership versus renting). My work attempts to provide empirical and theoretical analyses of the renting and owning issue.  I am currently looking at how the institution of renting is poorly supported by policy and works to disadvantage poor and younger households in particular. People who rent are neither considered good citizens nor members of communities. Often renters are not viewed as worthy of good housing.  Homeownership and renting create problems for lots and lots of people. 


My second research area is Jerusalem.  Jerusalem is arguably one of the most important cities in the world and is ground zero for religious, ethnic and nationalist conflict.  From an international diplomacy perspective, global peace is intimately tied to how conflicts within and around Jerusalem are resolved.  My work (with Hebrew University geographer Dr. Gillad Rosen) looks at the the politics of development in Jerusalem and how conflict is mitigated or enhanced as a result. Our recent article,  "Making Place: The Shifting Green Line and the Development of 'Greater' Metropolitan Jerusalem" addresses these issues. We are writing a book on the spatial politics of Jerusalem with Polity Press that should be out next year. 


My work has been funded by government agencies at the local, state and federal levels and by many national and local foundations. I recently was Chair of the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association and I serve on the editorial boards of City and Community and the Journal of Urban Affairs.


Recent Publications

Under Review. Anne B. Shlay “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Housing: Rethinking Renting and Owning in Post-Crisis America.” Housing Studies.


Revise & Resubmit. Gillad Rosen and Anne Shlay. "Whose Right to Jerusalem?" International Journal of Urban and Regional Research.

2011. Lauren M. Ross, Anne B. Shlay, and Mario G. Picon. "You Can’t Always Get What You Want: The Role of Public Housing and Vouchers in Achieving Residential Satisfaction." Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research 14(1):35-54.

2010. Anne B. Shlay and Gillad Rosen. "Making Place: The Shifting Green Line and the Development of Greater Metropolitan Jerusalem." City and Community 9(4).

2010. Anne B. Shlay, Marsha Weinraub and Michelle Harmon. "Child care subsidies post TANF: Child care subsidy use by African American, White and Hispanic TANF-leavers." Children and Youth Services Review 33(12): 1711-1718.

2010. Anne B. Shlay. "Black, White and Hispanic Child Care Preference: A Factorial Survey Analysis of Welfare Leavers by Race and Ethnicity." Social Science Research 39(1): 125-141.


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