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Coming of Age in the Other America

Wednesday, May 4th | 2-3pm
Great Hall | The Education Building
2800 North Charles Street

Recent research on inequality and poverty has shown that people born into low-income families, especially African Americans, have difficulty entering the middle class, in part because of the disadvantages they experience living in more dangerous neighborhoods, going to inferior public schools, and persistent racial inequality. Her book, Coming of Age in the Other America, shows that despite overwhelming odds, some disadvantaged urban youth achieve upward mobility. Drawing from 10 years of fieldwork with parents and children who resided in Baltimore public housing, she and sociologists Susan Clampet-Lundquist and Kathryn Edin highlight the remarkable resiliency of some of the youth who hailed from the nation’s poorest neighborhoods and show how the right public policies might help break the cycle of disadvantage.

Stephanie DeLucaStefanie DeLuca, PhD is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. She earned her PhD in human development and social policy at Northwestern University, and bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology at the University of Chicago. Her research uses sociological perspectives to inform education and housing policy. Some of her work focuses on the long-term effects of programs to help public housing residents relocate to safer neighborhoods and better schools through housing vouchers. She has just published a book Coming of Age in the Other America, Russell Sage Foundation, April 2016.

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