Return to Directory

Elizabeth Otwell

Graduate Student    

M.P.H. University of Alabama at Birmingham


Race & Urban Studies


Elizabeth Otwell is a doctoral student concentrating in race and urban studies and is currently writing her dissertation proposal under the direction of Dr. Deirdre Oakley, focusing on a 50-year history and media analysis of gentrification in Atlanta.  Her master’s degree is in Public Health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham with a concentration in Health Policy and Outcomes Research.  Elizabeth’s primary areas of research focus on the city of Atlanta with a concentration on gentrification, white flight, and neighborhood change.  Her research interests include health disparities and neighborhood effect, food security in Atlanta, and the effects of policy decisions at the city, county, and state level on race and neighborhood change.  She is currently a full time lecturer at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, GA where she teaches courses on Social Problems, Sociological Perspectives (an intro survey course), Race and Ethnicity, and Family and Marriage.