Research overview: My research focuses on the processes of residential differentiation and the effects of physical and social context on individual life conditions. Most of my recent work deals specifically with processes of neighborhood selection and how racial and ethnic differences in the residential mobility process shape broader patterns of residential segregation. I am currently involved in three large-scale projects related to this broad endeavor. First, in collaboration with colleagues at several other universities, I am examining the roles of racial differences in neighborhood experiences, daily activities, and social networks in processes of residential mobility and the perpetuation of racial segregation. Second, in collaboration with local housing authorities, we are examining factors that affect successful lease-up, residential stability, and access to high-opportunity neighborhoods for low-income families. Third, with collaborators in the School of Social Work and the Departments of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, I am researching the effects of neighborhood pollution exposure on individual health outcomes. This project focuses specifically on the ways in which pollution exposure interacts with individual-, family-, and neighborhood-level sources of stress to affect racial differences in a variety of health outcomes.
Teaching: My teaching efforts have been focused most recently on courses related to urban sociology, demography, research methods, and statistics. At the University of Washington I regularly teach courses in the graduate-level statistics sequence, a graduate-level course on Urbanism and Urbanization, and service-learning and writing-intensive undergraduate courses on urban dynamics. In Winter 2019, I will also teach a course on Sports in Society.
Biography: I received my BA in Sociology from the University of Washington in 1990 and, after working for several years as a counselor and caseworker, earned my PhD from the University at Albany in 1997. Prior to returning to UW in 2011, I held faculty positions at Western Washington University and the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill.
- Lee, Hannah, Kyle Crowder, and Elizabeth Korver-Glenn. 2023. “Racialized Real Estate Agency in U.S. Housing Markets: A Research Note.” Urban Affairs Review 0(0). https://doi.org/10.1177/10780874231152590
- Spring, Amy, Elizabeth Ackert, Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, and Kyle Crowder. 2023. “Keeping Kin Close? Geographies of Family Networks by Race and Income, 1981-2017" Journal of Marriage and Family http://doi.org/10.1111/jomf.12911.
- Acolin, Arthur, Kyle Crowder, Ari Decter-Frain, Anjum Hajat, and Matthew Hall. 2022. "Gentrification, Mobility, and Exposure to Contextual Social Determinants of Health." Housing Policy Debate https://doi.org/10.1080/10511482.2022.2099937.
- Hess, Chris, Rebecca J. Walter, Ian Kennedy, Arthur Acolin, Alex Ramiller, and Kyle Crowder. 2022. "Segmented information, segregated outcomes: Housing affordability and neighborhood representation on a voucher-focused online housing platform and three mainstream alternatives." Housing Policy Debate 1-25.
- Hess, Chris, Arthur Acolin, Rebecca Walter, Ian Kennedy, Sarah Chasins, and Kyle Crowder. 2021. “Searching for housing in the digital age: Neighborhood representation on internet rental housing platforms across space, platform and metropolitan segregation” Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space 53(8), 2012-2032.
- Bongki Woo, Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, Victoria Sass, Kyle Crowder, Samantha Teixeira, David Takeuchi. “Residential Segregation and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Ambient Air Pollution.” Race and Social Problems, 11(1) 60-67 (October 2018).
- Leibbrand, Christine and Kyle Crowder. 2018. “The Legacy of the PSID in Understanding Patterns of Migration and Residential Mobility.” The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 680(1): 172-192.
- Victoria Sass, Nicole Kravitz-Wirtz, Steven M. Karceski, Anjum Hajat, Kyle Crowder, David Takeuchi. 2017 "The effects of air pollution on individual psychological distress," Health & Place, 48:72-79, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.healthplace.2017.09.006.
- Spring, Amy, Elizabeth Ackert, Kyle Crowder, and Scott J. South. 2017 (early access on-line). "Effects of Proximity to Kin on Residential Mobility and Neighborhood Choice." Demography 1-28.
- Pais, Jeremy, Kyle Crowder, and Liam Downey. 2014. “Unequal Trajectories: Racial and Class Differences in Residential Exposure to Industrial Hazard.” Social Forces 92 (3): 1189-1215. [PMCID: PMC4273903, NIHMSID: NIHMS648410].
- Krysan, Maria, Kyle Crowder, and Michael Bader. 2014. “Pathways to Segregation.” In Annette Lareau and Kim Goyette (ed.) Dynamics of School and Neighborhood Segregation. Russel Sage: New York.
- Krysan, Maria, and Kyle Crowder. 2017. Cycle of Segregation: Social Processes and Residential Stratification. New York: Russell Sage.
- Hall, Matthew, Kyle Crowder, and Amy Spring. 2015. “Neighborhood Foreclosures, Racial/Ethnic Transitions, and Residential Segregation.” American Sociological Review (forthcoming).
- Hall, Matthew and Kyle Crowder. 2015. “Native Out-Migration and Neighborhood Immigration in New Destinations.” Demography (forthcoming).
- Hall, Matthew, Kyle Crowder, and Amy Spring. 2015. “Variations in Housing Foreclosures by Race and Place, 2005-2012.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science (forthcoming, 660 (1)).
- Amy Spring, Stewart Tolnay, Kyle Crowder. “Moving for Opportunities: Changing Patterns of Migration in North America.” Chapter for Handbook of Migration, edited by Michael White, Springer Press.
- Crowder, Kyle, Scott J. South, Ying Huwang, and Amy Spring. “Neighborhood Attainment over the Adult Life Course.” Under journal review.
- Crowder, Kyle and Liam Downey. “Family Structure, Residential Mobility, and Environmental Inequality.” Invitation to revise and resubmit to Social Problems.
- Crowder, Kyle, Kris Marsh, and Kivan Polimis. “Racial Differences in Neighborhood Outcomes: The Role of Adolescent Residential and Social Experiences.” Under journal review.
- Crowder, Kyle and Scott South. “Time, Space, and Neighborhood Effects: Explaining Racial Differences in Adolescent Problem Behavior.”
- Crowder, Kyle and Matthew Hall. “The Accumulation of Disadvantage: Racial Differences in Wealth and Residential Trajectories.”
- Crowder, Kyle. “The Changing Nature of White Flight: Thirty-Five Years of Stability and Change.”
- Crowder, Kyle. “Opening Doors? Changes in the Racial Stratification of Mobility Transitions, 1970-2009.”
- DEMOGRAPHIC VULNERABILITY, NEIGHBORHOOD POLLUTION, AND RACIAL HEALTH DISPARITIES. 2014-2018. NICHD Funded Grant. Kyle Crowder, PI.
Research Advised: Graduate Masters Theses
- Dong, Zhihang. 2020. "A Statistical Framework for Measuring the Temporal Stability of Human Mobility Patterns." M.A. Thesis, University of Washington, Department of Sociology.
- Lee, Hannah. 2019. "Understanding Residential Patterns across Asian Ethnic Groups and U.S. Metropolitan Areas." M.A. Thesis. Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Kennedy, Ian. 2019. "Seattle Rental Ad Texts and Processes of Segregation." M.A. Thesis. Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Leia, Madison Paige. 2017. "Not So Black and White: The Association Between Allostatic Load and Residential Racial/Ethnic Segregation in a Multi-Ethnic Cohort." M.A. Thesis. Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
Research Advised: Graduate Dissertations
- Hess, Chris. 2019. "Segregation in Suburbia: The Changing Structure of Racial and Ethnic Segregation in U.S. Metropolitan Areas." Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Larimore, Savannah H. 2019 "Routes to Low Birth Weight (or not): Local, Cultural Racism in Exceptional Communities." Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Leibbrand, Christine Elizabeth. 2019 "Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and the Pursuit of Economic Opportunity in the Age of the Migration Decline." Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Kim, Lanu. 2018. "The Impact of Technology on Work Practices." Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Merklinghaus, Carter A. 2018. "To Use or Not to Use? Substance Abuse and Post-9/11 Veterans: The Impact of Military Service on the Life Course." Ph.D. Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Reosti, Anna C. 2018 "Tenant Screening and Fair Housing in the Information Age." Ph.D. Dissertation. Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Thomas, Timothy A. 2017. "Forced Out: Race, Market, and Neighborhood Dynamics of Evictions." PhD Dissertation. Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Polimis, Kivan. 2017. "Developing Computational Approaches to Investigate Health Inequalities." PhD Dissertation. Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Bruns, Angela N. 2017. "Consequences of Partner Incarceration for Women’s Employment." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Foster, Thomas B. 2016. "Rooted or Stuck? The Causes and Consequences of American Mobility Decline." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Pantazis, Athena. 2016. "Age-Specific Fertility Dynamics: Sub-Saharan African Fertility in a Global Context." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Laird, Jennifer. 2016. "Unequally Employed: Labor Market Stratification After the Great Recession." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Gabriel, Ryan. 2016. "The Residential Stratification of Mixed-Race Couples." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Ackert, Elizabeth S. 2015. "School Composition, Social Origins, and the Educational Outcomes of Mexican Origin Youth." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Kravitz-Writz, Nicole D. 2015. "Effects of Prolonged and Timing-Specific Exposure to Neighborhood Disadvantage during Childhood and Adolescence on Health and Health Inequalities in Early Adulthood." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Wehner, JoAnne Delfino. 2014. "To Use or Not To Use: Understanding Public Support for Expanded Federal Wilderness Preservation Policies." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Spring, Amy. 2014. "Neighborhood Effects on Residential Living Arrangements among Older Adults." PhD Dissertation, Department of Sociology, University of Washington.
- Sociological Research on the Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis - May 11, 2020
- Christine Leibbrand Looks at Segregation and Life Outcomes in The Conversation - January 8, 2020
- #soctwitter: Sociology Dominates Among US Women's Soccer Team! - July 11, 2019
- Sociology led team reveals how air pollution impacts mental health - November 3, 2017
- Alexes Harris joins colleages in the Washington State Academy of Sciences - July 27, 2017
- Victoria Sass and colleagues win best poster award at PAA - April 4, 2016
- Crowder and Colleagues' Research on Segregation and Foreclosure in the News - January 3, 2016
- Kyle Crowder elected to the WSAS - August 19, 2013
- Graduate Students Present at PAA - April 11, 2013