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Jackelyn Hwang

Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University
Chapter Member: Bay Area SSN

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About Jackelyn

Hwang's research focuses on urban sociology, race and ethnicity, inequality, and immigration. Overarching themes in Hwang's writings include gentrification, segregation, racial stratification, and housing policy in U.S. cities. Hwang's recent projects focus on the causes and consequences of gentrification and developing measures of visible neighborhood conditions. Hwang is the Director of the Changing Cities Research Lab and partners with various organizations, including the City of Oakland, the Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia and San Francisco, and the Urban Displacement Project.

In the News

Research discussed by Sujata Gupta, in "Immigrants Pave the Way for the Gentrification of Black Neighborhoods," Science News, April 18, 2019.
Quoted by Richard Florida in "The Complex Relationship between Data and Cities," City Lab, May 18, 2016.
Opinion: "Black Men and the Struggle for Work," Jackelyn Hwang (with James M. Quane and William Julius Wilson), Education Next, Spring 2015.
Research discussed by Richard Florida, in "The Closest Look Yet at Gentrification and Displacement," Citylab, November 2, 2015.
Quoted by Cassie Owens in "When Gentrification’s Neighborhood Name Game Runs into True Identity," Next City, March 17, 2015.
Research discussed by Richard Florida, in "How Gentrifiers Change the Definition of a Neighborhood," City Lab, March 6, 2015.
Research discussed by Gene Demby, in "In Chicago, Neighborhoods That Are More Black Don't Gentrify," NPR, August 8, 2014.
Interviewed in "A New View of Gentrification," (with Robert J. Sampson) Harvard Gazette, August 1, 2014.
Opinion: "Google Street View Shows That Gentrification in Chicago Has Largely Bypassed Poor Minority Neighborhoods, Reinforcing Urban Inequality," Jackelyn Hwang (with Robert J. Sampson), London School of Economics Blog, July 9, 2014.
Opinion: "The Urban Jobs Crisis: Paths toward Employment for Low-Income Blacks and Latinos," Jackelyn Hwang (with James M. Quane and William Julius Wilson), Harvard Magazine, May/June 2013.


"Gentrification and Residential Mobility in Philadelphia," (with Lei Ding and Eileen Divringi), Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Working Paper Series, forthcoming.

Draws on a unique large-scale consumer credit database to examine the mobility patterns of residents in gentrifying neighborhoods in the city of Philadelphia from 2002 to 2014. Results show that vulnerable residents (low-score, longer-term residents, or residents without mortgages) in gentrifying neighborhoods are no more likely to move out of their neighborhoods, but when they do move, they are more likely to move to lower-income neighborhoods and neighborhoods with lower values on quality-of-life indicators.

"Pioneers of Gentrification:Transformation in Global Neighborhoods in Urban America in the Late Twentieth Century" Demography 53, no. 1 (2016): 189-213.

Demonstrates that the influx of Asians, and, under certain conditions, Hispanics, predict early gentrification in the late twentieth century. Discusses how low-income, predominantly black neighborhoods and neighborhoods that became Asian and Hispanic enclaves remained ungentrified despite the growth of gentrification. Results suggest that the rise of immigration after 1965 brought pioneers to many low-income central-city neighborhoods, spurring gentrification in some neighborhoods and forming ethnic enclaves in others.

"Racial and Spatial Targeting: Segregation and Subprime Lending within and across Metropolitan Areas" (with Michael Hankinson and Kreg Steven Brown). Social Forces 93, no. 3 (2015): 1081-1108.

Demonstrates how residents in predominantly minority neighborhoods in highly segregated metropolitan areas were more likely to receive subprime loans in the recent housing crisis compared to minority neighborhoods in less segregated metropolitan areas. Reflects the high degree of spatially concentrated subprime loans in minority areas in highly segregated metropolitan contexts.

"The Social Construction of a Gentrifying Neighborhood: Redefining and Resisting Identity and Boundaries" Urban Affairs Review 52, no. 1 (2016): 98-128.

Documents how gentrifiers and non-gentrifiers socially construct their changing neighborhood in distinct and unequal ways.  Discusses the gentrifiers’ neighborhood identity and boundaries excluded non-gentrifiers, and the non-gentrifiers’ socially constructed neighborhood was eventually displaced, having implications for the reproduction of inequality as neighborhoods change.

"Divergent Pathways of Gentrification: Racial Inequality and the Social Order of Renewal in Chicago Neighborhoods" (with Robert J. Sampson). American Sociological Review 79, no. 4 (2014): 726-751.
Uses newly collected data from Google Street View on gentrification to analyze how gentrifying Chicago neighborhoods fare over time. Results show that race plays a significant role in the degree to which neighborhoods undergo renewal in Chicago, reinforcing durable patterns of urban inequality and revealing the limits of stated preferences for racial diversity.