RESEARCH

Lives in Motion: Neighborhood and Social Mobility among Children of Immigrants
How do neighborhoods matter for social mobility among the immigrant second generation? What ethnic cultural resources are available to them as they navigate their disadvantaged neighborhood context to achieve social mobility? This project brings together research on urban poverty and on the new second generation to document the spatial stratification in second-generation neighborhood attainment, how neighborhoods and school choices shape their trajectories of socioeconomic attainment, and how ethnic-specific cultural strategies structure where and how second-generation youth spend time within and outside of their neighborhoods.

Amsterdam Avenue: Neighborhood Gentrification and Renewal  in a Global City
A mixed-methods study of neighborhood gentrification and change along Amsterdam Avenue in New York City, focusing on ten continuous, linked neighborhoods in Manhattan starting from West Chelsea to Inwood. The study area covers 412 street blocks, 74 census tracts, and 156 census block groups. This project draws on qualitative interviews with local residents and businesses, neighborhood ethnography, systematic social observations and a “lost letter” experiment along Amsterdam Avenue. This project examines the meaning of neighborhood gentrification and hyper-gentrification for local businesses and residents, while also probing how perceptions of neighborhood disorder might be linked to perceptions of neighborhood change.

Neighborhood Inequality in Healthcare Resources
How do neighborhoods matter for social mobility among the immigrant second generation? What ethnic cultural resources are available to them as they navigate their disadvantaged neighborhood context to achieve social mobility? This project brings together research on urban poverty and on the new second generation to document the spatial stratification in second-generation neighborhood attainment, how neighborhoods and school choices shape their trajectories of socioeconomic attainment, and how ethnic-specific cultural strategies structure where and how second-generation youth spend time within and outside of their neighborhoods.

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