Providence Symposium | Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America’s Housing Crisis

Who shows up to public meetings? Whose interests are they advocating for? And how do decisions made by the few shape the social and political fabric of our communities? This talk discusses how neighborhood participation in the housing permitting process exacerbates and reproduces existing inequalities, limits the housing supply, and contributes to the current affordable housing crisis.

November 16 / 5:30 pm
$10 / Advance registration required

About the Presenter 

Katherine Levine Einstein is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston University and a Faculty Fellow at Boston University’s Initiative on Cities. She studies urban politics and policy, housing policy, and racial and ethnic politics. Her most recent book Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America’s Housing Crisis explores whose voices are represented in housing development. She has also published multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, and has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation. She is a principal investigator of the Menino Survey of Mayors, a multi-year data set of survey-interviews of U.S. mayors exploring a wide variety of political and policy issues.  Her current projects explore the political representation of renters in local, state, and national politics.

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