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Eva Rosen

Assistant Professor, Georgetown University
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About Eva

Rosen received her Ph.D. from Harvard University in Sociology and Social Policy. Rosen studies poverty and American housing policy. In 2018, she was recognized as one of APPAM’s outstanding early career scholars and received the 40 for 40 fellowship.


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In the News

"If ‘Housing Is a Right,’ How Do We Make It Happen?," Eva Rosen, The New York Times, February 17, 2021.
"The Federal Shutdown Damaged Housing Voucher Programs," Eva Rosen, The American Prospect, February 21, 2019.
Eva Rosen's research on housing voucher programs discussed by Terrence McCoy, "Another Shutdown Could Inflict More Lasting Harm to Housing Programs, Experts Say," Washington Post, February 12, 2019.
Eva Rosen's research on Section 8 housing discussed by Emily Badger, "The Big Change That Will Help Poor People Move to Wealthy Neighborhoods," The Washington Post, June 17, 2016.
"When Landlords Discriminate," Eva Rosen (with Philip ME Garboden), Talk Poverty, May 17, 2016.
"The Power of Landlords," Eva Rosen, The Atlantic, June 9, 2015.


"Racial Discrimination in Housing: How Landlords Use Algorithms and Home Visits to Screen Tenants" (with Jennifer E Cossyleon and Phillip M.E. Garboden). American Sociological Review (2021).

Studies how such discrimination operates, and the intermediaries who engage in it: landlords. Discusses how a fundamental assumption of racial discrimination research is that gatekeepers such as landlords are confronted with a racially heterogeneous applicant pool.

"Evictions: The Comparative Analysis Problem" (with Kyle Nelson, Brian J. McCabe, and Phillip Garboden). Housing Policy Debate (2021).

Draws on fieldwork and administrative records from Baltimore, Maryland; Dallas, Texas; Los Angeles, California; and Washington, DC— to identify how procedural and legal contexts differ by place, and the ways that these processes shape both eviction’s institutional life and its underlying social meanings. Identifies how the problem of eviction is no longer hidden in the housing literature, the explosion of eviction research has introduced a comparative analysis problem.

The Voucher Promise: "Section 8" and the Fate of an American Neighborhood (Princeton University Press, 2020).

Elaborates on America’s largest rental assistance program and how it shapes the lives of residents in one low-income Baltimore neighborhood.

"Horizontal Immobility: How Narratives of Neighborhood Violence Shape Housing Decisions" American Sociological Review 82, no. 2 (2017): 270-296.

Proposes that neighborhoods themselves shape narratives governing residential decision-making.

"Rigging the Rules of the Game: How Landlords Geographically Sort Low-Income Renters" City & Community 13, no. 4 (2014): 310-340.
Draws on ethnographic observation and in-depth interviews with 20 landlords and 82 residents in Baltimore, examining their engagement with the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, to argue that landlords’ strategic implementations of voucher rules contribute to residential sorting patterns.