Sally Scott

Professor of Practice and Program Director, Community Leadership Graduate Programs, University of Maryland-Baltimore County
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About Sally

Scott's research focuses on the racial gap in homeownership rates and the need for affordable housing. Scott's overarching themes in writings include the intersection of racial inequity and economic inequality; the importance of advocating for more equitable housing and community development policies, especially at the local level, and; the impact as well as the limitations of civil society as a path for neighborhood revitalization. Scott helped found the Community Development Network of Maryland, and currently serves on the Covid Housing Preservation Coalition Steering Committee (Maryland) and Land Bank Task Force (Baltimore City).

In the News

Interview on Overcoming Barriers to Home Ownership in Baltimore City Sally Scott, UMBC Office of Professional Programs, July 28, 2020.
"Iowa City's plan the right way forward," Sally Scott, Opinion, Iowa City Press-Citizen, September 2, 2016.
"Is Coralville Balancing Growth?," Sally Scott, Guest Opinion, Iowa City Press-Citizen, September 15, 2015.


"Increasing Affordable Housing in Iowa City," (with Jerry Anthony and Steven Williams), University of Iowa Public Policy Center, December 2013.

Explores the growing shortage of affordable housing in Iowa City and highlights the need to involve the private sector, in partnership with public and nonprofit agencies, to create more affordable rental and homeownership opportunities.

"Overcoming Barriers to Homeownership in Baltimore City," Abell Foundation, July 2020.

Analyzes homeownership trends in Baltimore by neighborhood and race, reviews the current system for promoting homeownership, and identifies significant barriers.  Finds that new incentives and loans would have an insufficient impact on homeownership rates in Baltimore, because they do not address the systemic racism that disadvantage Black households.

"Building Communities and Growing the Economy," (with Jerry Anthony and Andrea Uhl), University of Iowa Public Policy Center, April 2013.

Quantifies the impact to Iowa's economy that result from money directly spent and wages directly paid by Habitat for Humanity affiliates.

"National Mortgage Settlement," Iowa Public Policy Center, October 2012.

Summarizes the major elements of a landmark $25 billion national accord brought states attorneys general and federal officials with the five largest loan services over mortgage foreclosure fraud and unacceptable mortgage servicing practices.

"Not a Circle but a Spring: A Case Study of Civil Society in the Republic of Benin," Johns Hopkins University, March 2001.

Develops a three-tiered approach to understanding civil society in Africa by exploring: national-level politics; historical and cultural patterns affecting collective action, and local actors' actions and perceptions.