Professor and Chair of Sociology, Furman University
Chapter Leader: South Carolina SSN
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Kolb's research outlines how people in underserved neighborhoods purchase and consume retail food despite the considerable obstacles in their path.
In the News
"Greenville's downtown rebirth is coming at a high price for historically Black neighborhoods," Ken Kolb, Interview with Scott Morgan, South Carolina Public Radio, January 16, 2023.
"Who gets to be 'revitalized' in Greenville? How and why Furman studied racial displacement," Ken Kolb, Opinion, Greenville News, January 11, 2023.
"How Century-Old Racist Deed Covenants Echo in Present-Day Greenville," Ken Kolb, Interview with Scott Morgan, South Carolina Public Radio, July 28, 2022.
"Infrastructure and Making Groceries, They’re More Connected Than You Think," Ken Kolb, Guest Column, The Advocate, January 20, 2022.
"Racial Displacement in Greenville, SC," (with ), January 8, 2023.
An exploration of historic and current population shifts in the City of Greenville and surrounding Greenville County.
Retail Inequality: Reframing the Food Desert Debate (University of California Press, 2022).
Explains why past interventions to help people in food deserts have largely failed and what it would take to improve food access in these communities.