Assistant Professor of Applied Social Research in the Department of Sociology
Davison Hall 202E
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DegreesPHD, 2007, Univ Calif Berkeley; MA, 2002, Univ Calif Berkeley; BA, 1999, Johns Hopkins Univ
My research is broadly concerned with the effects of metropolitan growth and decline on race and class inequality. I have studied the political history of inner-ring suburbs, their recent turn towards gentrification, and the viability of regional approaches that aspire to more equitable and inclusive forms of prosperity. I have also collaborated with non-profit groups on studies of local living wage laws and the effects of redevelopment. My most recent research projects focus on the property rights movement (especially anti-eminent domain activism) and on growing racial/ethnic diversity in the suburbs. As Academic Director of the National Center for Suburban Studies, I am currently editing a volume on suburban social justice movements that challenge racial/ethnic exclusion.
SOC 103 Social Problems
SOC 141 Urban and Community Studies
SOC 191 Advanced Seminar: Suburban Issues
SOC 252 Special Topics Seminar: Housing Policy
Niedt, Christopher. Forthcoming. “The Politics of Eminent Domain: From False Choices to Community Benefits.” Urban Geography.
Niedt, Christopher, ed. 2013. Social Justice in the Diverse Suburb: History, Politics, and Prospects. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Lassiter, Matthew and Christopher Niedt. 2013. “Beyond White Flight: Suburban Diversity in Post-War America”. Journal of Urban History 39 (1): 3-14.
Niedt, Christopher and Isaac Martin. 2013. “Who Are the Foreclosed?: A Statistical Portrait of America in Crisis”. Housing Policy Debate 23 (1): 159-176.
Niedt, Christopher. 2011. “Comment on Carpenter and Ross (2009) : Eminent Domain and Equity.” Urban Studies 48 (16): 3613 - 3619.
Niedt, Christopher and Marc Silver, eds. 2011. “Forging a New Housing Policy: Opportunity in the Wake of Crisis.” National Center for Suburban Studies.
Niedt, Christopher and Margaret Weir. 2010. "Property Rights, Taxpayer Rights, and the Multiscalar Attack on and the State: Consequences for Regionalism in the United States." Regional Studies 44(2): 153-65.
Niedt, Christopher. 2006. "Gentrification and the Grassroots: Popular Support in the Revanchist Suburb." Journal of Urban Affairs 28(1): 99-120.
Niedt, Christopher, Greg Ruiters, Dana Wise, Erica Schoenberger. 1999. "The Costs of the Living Wage in Baltimore." Washington DC: Economic Policy Institute.
Teaching InterestsUrban sociology, sociology of housing, sociology of labor, political economy, urban geography, urban politics
Research InterestsGentrification, regionalism, political history of the U.S. suburbs
Recent Courses Taught
|ASR 206||FUNDG & CONDCTNG COM-BASED RES||Graduate|
|ASR 290||INTRNSHP IN APPLIED RES&POLICY||Graduate|
|SBLY 001||(IS)INTRO SUSTAINABLTY STUDIES||Undergraduate|
|SOC 141||(BH) URBAN/COMMUNITY STUDIES||Undergraduate|
|SOC 252||SPCL TOPICS SEM: HOUSING POLCY||Graduate|
|SOC 2141||(BH) URBAN/COMMUNITY STUDIES||Graduate|