Jackelyn Hwang is a doctoral candidate in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University and a Doctoral Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. She received a B.A.S. with honors in Sociology and Mathematics from Stanford University, where she conducted research on the social construction of neighborhoods during gentrification. After graduating from Stanford, she was a project manager for a community-based charter school in West Philadelphia. Her research projects ask how racial and ethnic inequality impacts and is impacted by gentrification and the recent housing crisis. Drawing on innovative forms of data to measure neighborhood characteristics, her dissertation examines the role of immigration in the evolution of gentrification in U.S. cities. In particular, this work sheds light on how race-based residential selection processes and racial and ethnic compositional changes intersect to reproduce neighborhood inequality. Her other projects examine how segregation is associated with subprime lending and the foreclosure recovery.
Stanford University, B.A.S. Sociology and Mathematics
Harvard University, A.M. Sociology