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

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, which received extensive coverage in the press and social media, detailed the re-concentration of poverty since 2000. Jargowsky (along with co-principal investigator Katrin Anaker from George Mason University), has received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the contribution of restrictive land use policies and suburban development patterns to segregation by race and class and the concentration of poverty. Jargowsky was a 2016-2017 Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University. 

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 received a Ph.D. in Public Policy in 1991 from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where he was also a visiting Professor in 1997-1998. At Rutgers University – Camden, he teaches courses on social policy and empirical methods in the Ph.D. in Public Affairs program. 

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Recent Publications:

Paul A. Jargowsky. 2019. “The Durable Architecture of Segregation.” Pp. 61-63 in Ingrid Gould Ellen and Justin Peter Steil, eds., The Dream Revisited: Housing, Segregation, and Opportunity in the Twenty-First Century. New York: Columbia University Press.

Paul A. Jargowsky and Christopher Wheeler. 2018. “Estimating Income Statistics from Grouped Data: Mean-Constrained Integration over Brackets.” Sociological Methodology, Vol. 48, No. 1, pp. 337-374. 

Paul A. Jargowsky. 2018. “The Persistence of Segregation in the 21st Century.” Law & Inequality: A Journal of Theory and Practice, Vol. 36, pp. 207-230. []

Beth Rabinowitz and Paul A. Jargowsky. 2018. “Rethinking Coup Risk: Rural Coalitions and Coup-proofing in Sub-Saharan Africa” Armed Forces and Society, Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 322-346. []

Christopher Wheeler and Paul Jargowsky. 2018. Promoting Inclusive Communities: How Cities can Utilize Local Housing Policy to Combat Economic Segregation. Policy Brief. 21st Century Cities Initiative, Johns Hopkins University, June 2018. []

Jargowsky, Paul A. and Christopher Wheeler. 2018. Economic Segregation in US Metropolitan Areas, 1970-2010. Prepared for the 21st Century Cities Initiative at Johns Hopkins University, November 2017. []

Jargowsky, Paul A., Christopher A. Wheeler, and Howard Gillette. 2017. “Poverty.” In Charlene Mires, et al., eds., The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia. Camden, NJ: Rutgers University, Camden. []

Paul A. Jargowsky. 2016. re Minority Neighborhoods a Disaster? Commentary, Race and Inequality, Century Foundation. October 14, 2016.  []

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.

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.