AFRC 305/URBS 305: Housing, Race, and Community in the United States

Spring 2021


One’s home is the first site of self-identity, socialization, and notions of citizenship. In the United States, neighborhoods are the basic units of political organization, educational options, and policing trends. This course explores the intersections between race and housing in the United States with a specific focus on the experiences of African-Americans in urban centers. The intersectional housing experiences of Asian, Latinx, first-generation immigrants, and indigenous communities will also be analyzed.

This course represents both a timely and nuanced opportunity to address housing as a focal point of existing racial tensions and deepening socio-economic inequalities in the U.S. Students will also have a critical understanding of the underlying structural causation for the issues faced by minority populations seeking adequate, affordable, and safe housing in the U.S.

Students will further their competency in associated development topics including globalization, commodification, and social justice. Course topics include:

  • Gentrification and housing affordability
  • Housing segregation and public education
  • Hurricanes Katrina and Maria
  • Flint water crisis
  • Over-policing in Ferguson, Missouri


Dr. Tyeshia Redden, Mellon Junior Fellow in Humanities, Urbanism, and Design


Fridays, 2-5PM