Paul A. Jargowsky, Ph.D.

Director, Public Affairs Program
Professor of Public Policy

Department of Public Policy and Administration
Rutgers University – Camden

Founding Director Emeritus, Center for Urban Research and Urban Education (CURE)

IRP Affiliate, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Fellow, The Century Foundation, New York
Penn IUR Fellow, Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania
Former Director, Texas Schools Project, University of Texas at Dallas.


Paul A. Jargowsky, PhD, is Professor of Public Policy at Rutgers University – Camden and Director of the Center for Urban Research and Education. His 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 (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 it the “Best Book in Urban Affairs Published in 1997 or 1998.” His Century Foundation report, The Architecture of Segregation: Civil Unrest, the Concentration of Poverty, and Public Policy, detailed the re-concentration of poverty since 2000.

Jargowsky received a Ph.D. in Public Policy in 1991 from Harvard University, where he was also a visiting Professor in 1997-1998. Jargowsky was a 2016-2017 Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University. Current areas of research include racial and economic segregation, the impacts of economic and spatial inequality, and the consequences of exclusionary suburban development patterns.

At Rutgers University – Camden, he teaches courses on social policy and empirical methods in the Public Affairs program.

(856) 225-2729 (Not answered during sabbatical; email instead.)


Recent Publications:

Paul A. Jargowsky. 2021. “Disastrous Inferences? The Ecological Fallacy in Disaster and Emergency Management Research.” In Jason D. Rivera, ed., Research Methods of Disaster and Emergency Management. New York: Routledge.

Paul A. Jargowsky. 2020. “Racial and Economic Segregation in the U.S.: Overlapping and Reinforcing Dimensions.” In Sako Musterd, ed., Handbook on Urban Segregation. Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar.

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. []