Race and Dis/Investment in Washington, DC

le Lundi 11 Avril 2022 à l’Ined dans la salle Sauvy de 11h30 à 12h30 en Hybride (présentiel + possibilité de connexion).

Présenté par : Tanya Golash-Boza University of California, Merced ; Discutant : Patrick Simon (Ined)


In the late 1950s, thousands of African  Americans achieved the American Dream of homeownership in Washington,  DC. They purchased two-story brick rowhouses in neighborhoods like  Petworth and Mount Pleasant – made available as White people were  leaving the city for the newly-built suburbs. The remarkable rise in  homeownership among Black families in DC in the 1950s and 1960s,  however, would not translate into Black middle-class stability.  Professor Golash-Boza explains that this is because multiple structural  forces worked together to create barriers for these families. These  forces include the creation of segregated neighborhoods, the rise in  Black unemployment, disinvestment in public schools, the war on drugs,  and, more recently, gentrification.

Biographie de Tanya Golash-Boza

Tanya Golash-Boza is the founder of the Racism, Capitalism, and the Law Lab and a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. She is a prolific scholar, with several published books and dozens of academic articles and book chapters. She has received several awards, including the Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award from the Latino/a Studies Section of the American Sociological Association for her book, Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism – published by New York University Press in 2015. Her textbook, Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach, published by Oxford University Press, is now in its third edition and is the leading textbook in this field.  Professor Golash-Boza is also the creator of the blog, Get a Life, PhD, which focuses on faculty success and wellbeing and has over 4 million pageviews. For this and other mentoring work, she received the UC Merced Senate Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentorship in 2019. Dr. Golash-Boza is currently working on a project funded by the National Science Foundation that explores how gentrification affects formerly incarcerated Black men in Washington, DC. This research forms the basis for her book, Before Gentrification, which will be published in 2023 by the University of California Press.