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Jackelyn Hwang

Jackelyn Hwang

Academic Council Faculty
Ph.D., Harvard University 2015


Jackelyn Hwang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and a faculty affiliate at the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity. She received her B.A.S. in Sociology and Mathematics from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy from Harvard University. After completing her Ph.D., she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. 

Jackelyn’s main research interests are in the fields of urban sociology, race and ethnicity, immigration, and inequality. In particular, her research examines the relationship between how neighborhoods change and the persistence of neighborhood inequality by race and class in US cities. Her current projects focus on two types of neighborhood change—gentrification and the recent housing crisis—and draw on innovative forms of data, such as street-level imagery from Google Street View, to measure neighborhood and housing characteristics. Her work examines various aspects of this subject, including the role of race, ethnicity, and immigration on uneven patterns of gentrification, the consequences of gentrification on residential stratification, and how segregation has shaped the housing crisis and its recovery. Her work has appeared in the American Sociological Review, the ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, DemographySocial Forces, and the Urban Affairs Review.