Christopher W. Niedt
Assistant Professor of Applied Social Research in the Department of Sociology
Davison Hall 202E
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Degrees: PHD, 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, ed. Forthcoming. Social Justice in the Diverse Suburb: History, Politics, and Prospects. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
Niedt, Christopher and Isaac Martin. Forthcoming. "Who Are the Foreclosed?: A Statistical Portrait of America in Crisis". Housing Policy Debate.
Niedt, Christopher. 2011. "Comment on Carpenter and Ross (2009): Eminent Domain and Equity." Urban Studies 48 (16): 3613 - 3619.
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.