Eva Rosen's research examines the creation, experience, and persistence of urban poverty, focusing on housing policy and racial segregation.
Rosen relies on mixed methods including ethnographic, quantitative, quantitative, and geographic mapping (GIS) data. Research projects have studied populations including relocated residents of former public housing on Chicago’s South Side, families displaced by Hurricane Katrina (the RISK study), participants in the Baltimore's Moving to Opportunity (MTO) experiment, and families across three income groups making residential decisions ("How Parents' House Kids"). She is currently Co-PI on a project studying landlords in Dallas, Cleveland, and Baltimore, called "Landlords and the Geography of Opportunity."
Rosen is currently working on a book under contract with Princeton University Press examining recent changes in American housing policy that have transformed the landscape of ghetto poverty from high-rise public housing to vouchers, where the poor are housed in the private market. In this post public housing world, poverty is turned on its side, at times more dispersed and more moderate, but also more unstable. Her ethnography of a Baltimore neighborhood with high rates of housing voucher use studies assisted and unassisted renters, homeowners, and landlords. She examines the residential decisions and everyday lives of families who live in contexts of scarcity, violence, and instability.
Grants and Fellowships
Department of Housing and Urban Development, “Landlords and the Geography of Opportunity.” 2013.
Furman Center for Urban Governance & Policy, “Landlords and the Geography of Opportunity.” 2013.
Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Dissertation Completion Fellowship. 2013.
National Science Foundation, Dissertation Improvement Grant. 2013.
Joint Center for Housing Studies, John Meyer Fellowship. 2013.
Taubman Center for Urban Policy and Governance, Dissertation Fellowship. 2012.
Harvard Kennedy School Malcolm Weiner Center, Research Grant with Kathryn Edin. 2012.
Barnard College Alumnae Association, Fellowship for Graduate Study. 2012.
National Science Foundation, Graduate Student Research Program, Honorable Mention. 2012.
Department of Housing and Urban Development, Dissertation Research Grant. 2011.
Harvard University Merit/Graduate Society, Term-time Research Fellowship. 2011.
Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, Research Grant. 2011.
Harvard Real Estate Academic Initiative, Research Grant. 2011.
Harvard Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy, NSF-IGERT Grant. 2011.
Harvard University Center for American Politics (CAPS), Seed Grant. 2011.
Harvard University Center for American Politics (CAPS), Seed Grant. 2008.