Chandra Ward selected as SREB – State Doctoral Scholars Dissertation Fellow

Please help us in congratulating Ph.D. candidate Chandra Ward-Stefanik on being selected as an Southern Regional Education Board – State Doctoral Scholars dissertation fellow.

Chandra’s dissertation examines how the disruption of place based social ties influence the well-being of former public housing residents both prior to and after relocation. She is using panel data that she helped collect while as a GRA in the Sociology department on the impact of housing relocation among public housing residents. Using a Durkheimian perspective, she is able to show how relocation is the kind of social disruption that leads to anomic conditions by breaking down place based social bonds. This break down of normative conditions are ripe for producing a sense of anomie or normlessness which could help explain why despite the many promises, many relocated under HOPE VI have not experienced the touted benefits of housing de-concentration.

Congrats again Chandra on this distinguished honor!