Kass's academic research concerns the relationships between urban governance, financialization, and racial inequality. Her long-term research agenda involves exploring how certain places are made vulnerable through processes of accumulation by dispossession and the broader logics of capital. For her dissertation, Kass is exploring these topics by examining the evolution of institutional investor activity in the residential housing market after the 2007-2009 recession. In addition to being a doctoral candidate, she is the Associate Director at the Government Finance Research Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to her current position, she worked at the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability and University of Chicago.
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Develops several explanations for local government risk-taking with the case study of the Chicago Public School's use of auction rate securities and interest rate swaps.