Housing, Neighborhoods and Communities

Residential location is strongly linked to school quality, access to educated adults, exposure to violence, and other important factors that influence student academic outcomes. Our work on housing, neighborhoods and communities examines an array of contextual factors that impact students in school. For example, does experiencing housing foreclosure or being exposed to neighborhood crime have negative consequences for students? Are children who begin schooling in disadvantaged neighborhoods destined for poor academic outcomes?


  • Too Scared to Learn? The Academic Consequences of Feeling Unsafe in the Classroom
  • Review of The School Choice Journey: School Vouchers and the Empowerment of Urban Families by Patrick J. Wolf and Thomas Stewart


  • Is Neighborhood Destiny? Exploring the Link between Neighborhood Mobility and Student Outcomes


  • Do Charter Schools Ruin Local Public Schools in Poor Neighborhoods? Evidence from New York City
  • High Stakes in the Classroom, High Stakes on the Street: The Effects of Community Violence on Student’s Standardized Test Performance
  • Do Housing Choice Voucher Holders Live Near Good Schools?
  • Unequally Safe: The Race Gap in School Safety


  • High Stakes in the Classroom, High Stakes on the Street: The Effects of Community Violence on Students’ Standardized Test Performance


  • Time to English Proficiency for English Language Learners in New York City and Miami-Dade County


  • Can Formal–Informal Collaborations Improve Science Literacy in Urban Middle Schools? The Impact of Urban Advantage
  • Does Losing Your Home Mean Losing Your School? Effects of Foreclosure on the School Mobility of Children
  • Foreclosure and Kids: When Losing Your Home Means Losing Your School
  • The Effect of Immigrant Communities on Foreign-Born Student Achievement
  • Does Municipally Subsidized Housing Improve School Quality? Evidence from New York City


  • Kids and Foreclosures: New York City
  • Public Schools, Public Housing: The Education of Children Living in Public Housing