Professor of Sociology
Kyle Crowder is a professor of sociology and Science Core Director in the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology. His research focuses broadly on the causes and consequences of residential stratification by race and socioeconomic status.
His work has used a variety of native and administrative data, combined with those from more traditional sources, to address questions related to racial and ethnic differences in residential mobility outcomes and neighborhood attainment, as well as the effects of community context on individual behavior.
Under these broad themes, Crowder is currently engaged in research on several specific topics: spatial and temporal dimensions of neighborhood effects on adolescent development, educational attainment, and residential mobility behavior; the role of disparities in neighborhood perceptions and residential knowledge in racially disparate residential processes; the effects of individual characteristics, neighborhood conditions, and metropolitan structures on environmental inequality and exposure to pollution; health effects of neighborhood pollution exposure and its interaction with individual- and neighborhood-level sources of stress; spatial diffusion of housing foreclosures and its effect on shifting patterns of residential segregation by race and the concentration of poverty; the effects of the Great Recession on racial and ethnic differences in mobility, homeownership, and the accumulation of wealth; and shifting housing market dynamics and the implications for neighborhood change.