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Urban Policy and Community Development

Over the past decades, globalization, immigration, technology, crime, and other social, economic, and political forces have radically altered urban life. Faculty in this area attempt to understand the real-world sources and consequences of urban poverty and problems that cities and urban dwellers face, from education and housing to policing and segregation.

A Message From Lincoln Quillian, Program Chair

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IPR’s urban policy and community development faculty examine the shifting landscape of urban life, considering myriad issues related to today’s urban experience. Additionally, many IPR faculty work on projects that are closely tied to urban policy in areas such as education, housing, welfare reform, community policing, and performance measurement and rewards.

Working Papers

Recently published articles and working papers in this program area include:

Stephanie Edgerly, Rachel Davis Mersey, and Owen Youngman. 2020. Market-based Opportunities in Local News Innovation: Drafting a Theoretical Framework (WP-20-50).

Sally Nuamah. 2020. Public Perceptions of Black Women and Girls and Their Punitive Consequences (WP-20-49).

Beth Redbird and Kat Albrecht. 2020. Racial Disparity in Arrests Increased as Crime Rates Declined (WP-20-28).

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Faculty Experts

Political scientists, sociologists, education and social policy experts, and other social scientists come together to study topics associated with the urban landscape and its communities.

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Policy Brief: Predicting Police Misconduct

Police shootings have captured the public’s attention in recent years, leading to protests and a lack of trust in the police. In Predicting Police Misconduct, IPR associate Max Schanzenbach identifies how civilian allegations can help reduce the gravest incidents by predicting which police officers pose the highest risk for serious misconduct.

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