Gregory Squires

Gregory D. Squires

Professor of Sociology and Public Policy & Public Administration, The George Washington University

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Squire’s research focuses on various dimensions of uneven metropolitan development. Addressing primarily issues of racial and economic inequality, he engages in research and policy initiatives pertaining to housing, economic development, financial services (e.g. mortgage lending and property insurance) and the uneven development of metropolitan areas. He has worked for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and HUD’s Office for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, and has served on the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council. Squires is a member of the Fair Housing Task Force of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, the Social Science Advisory Board of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, and the Advisory Board of the John Marshall Law School’s Fair Housing Legal Support Center.


How Environmental Toxins Reduce Life Expectancy in Many American Neighborhoods

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Gregory D. Squires's research on The Urgent Public Health Need to Extend Eviction Moratoria and Mortgage Forbearance Programs” Washington DC: Poverty & Race Research Action Council discussed by Sophie House and Krystle Okafor, "Under One Roof: Building an Abolitionist Approach to Housing Justice," Poverty and Race Research Action Council, September-October 2020.
"How Many More Children Must Be Hurt by Pollution?," Gregory D. Squires (with John I. Gilderbloom and Isaiah Kingsberry), Center for Primary Care Harvard Medical School, March 3, 2021.
"Home Appraisals Drive America’s Racial Wealth Gap — 95% of Philly’s Appraisers Are White," Gregory D. Squires (with Cherelle L. Parker and Ira Goldstein), Opinion Eyes on the Street, WHYY PBS, February 25, 2021.
"BankThink Data Needed on Racial Makeup of Banks’ Workforces," Gregory D. Squires, Diversity and Equality, American Banker, February 1, 2021.
"Pollution Is a Form of Racial Injustice Crippling Western Louisville," Gregory D. Squires (with John I. Gilderbloom, LaGlenda Reed, Dwan Turner, and Michael Brazley), Opinion, Courier Journal, January 28, 2021.
"BankThink HUD’s Disparate Impact Rule Is a ‘Get Out of Jail Free’ Card," Gregory D. Squires, Racial Bias, American Banker, October 2, 2020.
"Affordable Housing, HUD and Local Zoning," Gregory D. Squires (with Chuck Fowke, Priscilla Almodovar, and Marlene Zarfes), Opinion Letters, The Wall Street Journal, August 24, 2020.
"Just How Many Cops Are ‘Bad Apples’?," Gregory D. Squires, The Crime Report, August 11, 2020.
"BankThink Trump’s Attempt To Weaken Fair Housing Rules Is Beyond Tone Deaf," Gregory D. Squires, American Banker, July 20, 2020.
"Pollution in Black Neighborhoods Part of Louisville’s Systemic Racism," Gregory D. Squires (with John I. Gilderbloom, Robert P. Friedland, and Dwan Turner), Opinion, Courier Journal, June 25, 2020.
Gregory D. Squires quoted by Heather Graf, "Petition Calls on Cities to Refuse Tax Breaks for Amazon HQ2" WJLA, February 1, 2018.
"Harvey is Not a Natural Disaster ," Gregory D. Squires, The American Prospect , September 6, 2017.
"The ‘Startling’ Link between Low Interest Rates and Low Crime," Gregory D. Squires (with James Austin), Crime Report, December 2016.
"The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau: Past, Present, And Future," Gregory D. Squires, Politics, Huffington Post, February 2017.
"Phil Ochs, Voice of a Generation," Gregory D. Squires, Opinion, The Washington Post, February 2017.
"All the Fury Over CFPB Ignores Its Modest Mission," Gregory D. Squires, Financial Reform, Rooflines: The Shelterforce Blog, December 15, 2016.
"All the Fury Over CFPB Ignores its Modest Mission," Gregory D. Squires, BankThink, American Banker, November 2016.
"Does Consumer Protection Have a Future?," Gregory D. Squires, The Hill, November 2016.
"Ferguson: Nobody Should be Surprised," Gregory D. Squires, St. Louis Post Dispatch, October 8, 2014.
"Too Much Fuss about a Losing Sports Team," Gregory D. Squires, Washington Post, January 2, 2014.
"A New Wave of Fair-Lending Activism," Gregory D. Squires (with Chester Hartman), American Banker, August 15, 2013.


"Perceptions of Home Insurance and Policy Directions: Comparing Mexican Americans and Non‐Hispanic White Americans" (with Mohammadali Zolfagharian, Fuad Hasan, and Golnaz B. Motie). Journal of Consumer Affairs 54, no. 2 (2020): 417-455.

Demonstrates that, despite seemingly more equitable industry practices, ethnic homeowners (Mexican Americans in this study), relative to the majority White population, have a greater tendency to view home insurance as a cost burden (as opposed to coverage against potential damages and injuries) and, hence, are more vulnerable to living with minimal or no home insurance coverage.

"Mortgage Possessions, Spatial Inequality, and Obesity in Large US Metropolitan Areas" (with A. Jones and H. M. Mamudu). Public Health 181 (2020): 86-93.

Highlights how racial segregation contributes to the link between mortgage possessions and obesity rates. Mentions that metropolitan educational levels, not poverty levels, are predictive of foreclosure. Discusses that healthcare and mortgage counseling organizational partnerships should be considered.

"The Fight for Fair Housing: Causes, Consequences, and Future Implications of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act" Housing and Society 46, no. 3 (2018): 338.

Shares expertise and perspectives in public policy, politics, laws, civil rights, urban sociology, community development, race and ethnicity. Agrees that there has been significant progress in fair housing practices while noting that housing descrimination and redlining have remained.

"Is Collaborative, Community-Engaged Scholarship More Rigorous Than Traditional Scholarship? On Advocacy, Bias, and Social Science Researc" (with Mark R. Warren, Jose Calderon, Luke Aubry Kupscznk, and Celina Su). Urban Education 53, no. 4 (2018).

Argues that collaborative, community-engaged scholarship (CCES) must meet high standards of rigor if it is to be useful to support equity-oriented, social justice agendas. Discusses the importance or relationship building and trust in addressing the tensions that can arise between the demands of knowledge production and action-oriented social change.

Meltdown: The Financial Crisis, Consumer Protection, and the Road Forward (with Larry Kirsch) (Praeger, 2017).

Reveals how the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was able to curb important unsafe and unfair practices that led to the recent financial crisis. In interviews with key government, industry, and advocacy groups along with deep archival research, the authors show where the CFPB was able to overcome many abusive practices, where it was less able to do so, and why.

"Think Globally, Act Locally: Neighborhood Pollution and the Future of the Earth" (with William Riggs and Stella Capek). Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics: JERHRE 7, no. 2 (2012): 3-19.

Proposes shift from end-of-pipe to front-of-pipe public health solutions. Specifically, examines need for toxin-free communities, especially in urban and inner-city communities.

"Inequality, Advocacy, and the Foreclosure Crisis" Journal of Applied Social Science 8, no. 2 (2014): 85-95.
Argues that there are several ways that economic inequality has shaped the foreclosure and related financial crises of recent years; offers several recommendations for reforming banking practices and ameliorating the trajectories of inequality that contributed to these problems. Winner of the Lester F. Ward Distinguished Contribution to Applied and Clinical Sociology Award from the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology.
From Foreclosure to Fair Lending: Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy, and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit (edited with Chester Hartman) (New Village Press, 2013).
Examines the implications of the Occupy movement for fair housing and fair lending advocacy; includes contributions by lawyers, activist scholars, and community organizers.
Warfare Welfare: The Not-So-Hidden Costs of America’s Permanent War Economy (edited with Marcus Raskin) (Potomac Books, 2012).
A collection of classic essays, court decisions, and executive orders that examines the domestic and international costs of the permanent war economy in the U.S.
"Beyond the Mobility versus Place Debate" Journal of Urban Affairs 34, no. 1 (2012): 29-33.
Identifies the potential benefits of mobility and place policies, and the shortcomings of criticisms of mobility efforts.
"Demobilization of the Individualistic Bias: Housing Market Discrimination as a Contributor to Labor Market and Economic Inequality" The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 609, no. 1 (2007): 200-214.
Examines how the dynamics of the housing market, and individualistic ideological biases in the study of inequality generally, impact labor market outcomes.
Privileged Places: Race, Residence and the Structure of Opportunity (with Charis Kubrin) (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2006).
Examines the impact of place on the opportunity structure facing various demographic groups focusing on housing and the criminal justice system.