I am a Ph.D. candidate in the sociology department at the University of California, San Diego. My research attempts to answer three general questions. First, how does the local residential context shape an individual’s life chances? Second, how can we explain variation in individual outcomes within high poverty neighborhoods? Third, what roles do public policies play in shaping “neighborhood effects?” To answer these questions, I draw on publicly available datasets such as the New York City Housing and Vacancy Survey
, the Decennial Census
, the American Community Survey
, and the American Housing Survey
. I have also collected survey and interview data at privately owned assisted housing complexes.