Park Heights

The 2022 Gordon S. Bodek Lecture on Interracial and Interfaith Relations will feature Eva Rosen, Assistant Professor at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy.

In this lecture, Dr. Rosen will discuss how discrimination in housing operates, and the intermediaries who engage in it: Landlords. Examining landlords’ screening practices offers insight into the role housing plays in how racism continues to shape life outcomes—both explicitly through overt racial bias, and increasingly more covertly, through algorithmic automation and digital technologies. Dr. Rosen demonstrates how housing policy can replicate the very inequalities it has the power to solve.

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 Rosen received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in Sociology and Social Policy. Rosen is interested in social inequality in the urban context. In particular, she studies poverty and American housing policy. Her book, The Voucher Promise, about urban inequality and housing vouchers, was published by Princeton University Press in July 2020, and is the winner of the Paul Davidoff Book Award. She has published papers in journals including the American Sociological Review, City & Community, Social Problems, Housing Policy Debate, The Journal of Contemporary Ethnography, and The Annual Review of Law and Social Science. She is a member of the Scholar Strategy Network. In 2018 Rosen was recognized as one of APPAM’s outstanding early career scholars and received the 40 for 40 fellowship. She will join the Russell Sage Foundation as a Visiting Scholar in 2022-2023.


Urban Studies thanks the Bodek family for supporting this lecture, which is intended to bring scholars and public figures to highlight issues related to increasingly complex multi-ethnic and racially diverse urban and metropolitan settings.

Image via Kalani Gordon/Baltimore Sun/August 2014