- Derek Hyra, PhD
- Mindy Fullilove, MD
- Dominic Moulden
Research Project Description
This research project proposes to understand how two racially and economically diverse communities, Orange in Essex County, New Jersey, and Shaw in Washington, DC, organize and produce community-level mechanisms, such as affordable housing and social capital, to reduce health disparities. These similar-sized communities (Orange’s population 30,134 and Shaw’s 34,750) represent urban environments experiencing distinct types of gentrification at different stages. The team is interested in investigating community-level interventions in these environments that attempt to help low- and moderate-income people remain in the communities as they gentrify, and at the same time facilitate social interactions between newcomers and long-term residents of different socio-economic backgrounds.
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Derek Hyra, PhD
Derek Hyra is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, metropolitan politics, and race.
Mindy Fullilove, MD
Mindy Fullilove is a Professor of Urban Policy and Health at The New School. Her research focuses on epidemics of poor communities, with a special interest in the relationship between the collapse of communities and decline in health.
Dominic Moulden is the Resource Organizer for Organizing Neighborhood Equity – ONE DC. He has expertise in community organizing and affordable housing development and experience leading social and economic development programs in the Shaw neighborhood of DC. Finally, he is on faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) teaching critical theory and community organizing to graduate level students in the Masters in Community Art Program.
IRL Issue Brief: DC/New Jersey