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African Americans and Social Mobility in Detroit
African Americans and Social Mobility in Detroit seeks to develop a better understanding of the experiences of the working class African Americans living in Detroit, Michigan. The program is particularly interested in what it is like for members of this group to live and work in Detroit. They would like to learn more about their perception of opportunities for African Americans in Detroit, including any barriers they feel that they face and the strategies they believe are necessary to use to get ahead. Additionally, they would also like to learn more about their access to social networks and resources in their area.
Tawanna Dillahunt (Principal Investigator)
Tawanna Dillahunt is a President’s postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan’s School of Information. She earned her PhD in Human-Computer Interaction in 2012 at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research interests include understanding the impact and use of technology in vulnerable populations in the domains of environmental sustainability, education, and health.
Jessica Welburn (Principal Investigator)
Jessica Welburn is a President’s postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Michigan. She earned her PhD in Sociology in 2011 from Harvard University. Her research interests include race and ethnic relations, social mobility, and attitudes about inequality. She is currently writing a book exploring the experiences of African Americans in New Jersey in the post-Civil Rights Era. Her work has been published in several outlets including Ethnic and Racial Studies and The DuBois Review: Social Science Research on Race.
Kennedy Turner (Graduate Research Assistant)
Kennedy Turner received a BA in Political Science from Howard University in May 2011. She held a research internship at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) and she has participated in the Ronald E. McNair and Public Policy Intentional Affairs Programs. Her research interests include race and class, culture, and social mobility.
Project Lead: Tawanna Dillahunt, Jessica Welburn