Paul A. Jargowsky, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Policy, Rutgers University – Camden
Director, Center for Urban Research and Urban Education (CURE)
Fellow, The Century Foundation, New York
Penn IUR Fellow, Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania
Paul A. Jargowsky’s principal research interests are inequality, the geographic concentration of poverty, and residential segregation by race and class. His book, Poverty and Place: Ghettos, Barrios, and the American City (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1997), is a comprehensive examination of poverty at the neighborhood level in U.S. metropolitan areas between 1970 and 1990. The Urban Affairs Association named Poverty and Place the “Best Book in Urban Affairs Published in 1997 or 1998.” In August 2015, The Century Foundation published Dr. Jargowsky’s report, The Architecture of Segregation: Civil Unrest, the Concentration of Poverty, and Public Policy. The report received extensive coverage in the press and social media.
Jargowsky has also been involved in policy development at both the state and federal levels. In 1993, he was a Visiting Scholar at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he helped design the simulation model used for welfare reform planning. In 1986, he was the Project Director for the New York State Task Force on Poverty and Welfare Reform. The report of the Task Force, The New Social Contract: Rethinking the Nature and Purpose of Public Assistance, was influential in reshaping the welfare reform debate. Jargowsky has also been involved as a consultant and expert witness in fair housing and school desegregation litigation. His consulting with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on suburban poverty and other issues. Current areas of research include racial and economic segregation, the impacts of economic and spatial inequality, and the consequences of exclusionary suburban development patterns.
Jargowsky holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University, and teaches courses on social policy and empirical methods. In 2016-2017, Jargowsky will be a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Social and Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University.
Paul A. Jargowsky. 2016. “Neighborhoods and Segregation.” Pp. 20-40 in Susan Wachter and Lei Ding, eds., Building Shared Prosperity in America’s Communities. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Paul A. Jargowsky, Zachary D. Wood, Cameron Anglum, and David N. Karp. 2016. “Expanding Educational Opportunity in Urban School Districts.” Pp. 102-117 in Susan Wachter and Lei Ding, eds., Building Shared Prosperity in America’s Communities. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press.
Paul A. Jargowsky. 2015. Architecture of Segregation: Civil Unrest, the Concentration of Poverty, and Public Policy. Century Foundation, New York, and Center for Urban Research and Education, Rutgers-Camden, August 9, 2015. http://bit.ly/1KZfSfS
Jargowsky, Paul A., Deborah J. Rog, and Kathryn J. Hendersen. 2014. “Suburban Poverty and Racial Segregation.” Prepared for Madeleine Solan, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Westat, Inc. and Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, Cleveland State University. http://bit.ly/1Ndswsv
Paul A. Jargowsky and Lorraine C. Minnite. 2015. “The Underclass.” Pp. 728-732 in James D. Wright, ed., International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed. Oxford: Elsevier.
Paul A. Jargowsky and Natasha O. Tursi. 2015. “Concentrated Disadvantage.” Pp. 525-530 in James D. Wright, ed., International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed. Oxford: Elsevier.
Paul A. Jargowsky. 2014. “Segregation, Neighborhoods, and Schools.” Pp. 97-136 in Annette Lareau and Kimberly Goyette, eds., Choosing Homes, Choosing Schools: Residential Segregation and the Search for a Good School. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.