Rhea Myerscough

Regulating Poverty: Race, Business, and the Politics of Payday Lending, 1990-2015 Faced with welfare retrenchment, rising income volatility, and an exponential increase in housing costs, the U.S. working class relies on credit to make ends meet. For millions with no...

Kaisha Esty

‘A Crusade Against the Despoiler of Virtue’: Black Women, Social Purity and the Gendered Politics of the Negro Problem, 1840-1920 My research explores how the sexual ethics of black women shaped women’s rights activism and Progressive moral reform in the United...

Elsa Noterman

Vacant Geographies: (Dis)possession, Resistance, and Speculative Futures in Philadelphia’s Abandoned Properties Abandoned lots and buildings are a ubiquitous feature of post-industrial U.S. cities, markers of the recent housing crisis, and perennial sources of concern...

Angela M. Simms

Power, Privilege, and Peril: The Politics of the Black Middle Class in a Majority-Black and Majority-Middle Class Suburban County To understand how Blacks’ politics shape and are shaped by the contemporary political economy, I ask the questions: In a suburban county...

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