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Noon Seminar with Stefanie DeLuca

Noon Seminar with Stefanie DeLuca

Please join the Johns Hopkins Urban Health Institute for a noon seminar and conversation with Stefanie DeLuca, "Coming of Age in the Other America”

When: Thursday, May 4, from 12:15 to 1:20 p.m.
Where: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 4th floor, W4030
1919 E. Monument Street, Baltimore, MD 21205


About the author: Stefanie DeLuca, PhD, is an associate professor of Sociology at the Johns Hopkins University. Her research uses sociological perspectives to inform education and housing policy. She has conducted mixed-methods studies that incorporate qualitative research into experimental or quasi-experimental designs. 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. Dr. DeLuca’s book about the children of MTO as they transition to adulthood in Baltimore, Coming of Age in the Other America (with Susan Clampet-Lundquist and Kathryn Edin), was named an Outstanding Academic Title from the American Library Association.

About the bookRecent research on inequality and poverty has shown that those born into low-income families, especially African Americans, still 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. Coming of Age in the Other America shows that despite overwhelming odds, some disadvantaged urban youth do achieve upward mobility. Drawing from ten years of fieldwork with parents and children who resided in Baltimore public housing, sociologists Stefanie DeLuca, 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.

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