Dr. Amber Crowell

Dr. Amber Crowell

published on August 10, 2022 - 1:42 PM
Written by Associated Press

Fresno State has announced that sociology associate professor Dr. Amber Crowell has been awarded a $350,000-plus National Science Foundation grant for a project to analyze long-term signs and causes of residential segregation in urban areas.

This grant will fund the project, “Mapping the Origins of Segregation using GIS Resources,” a plan utilizing a geographic information system (GIS) to map areas, as well as other new methods of analyzing and measuring residential segregation.

Faculty and students will work with the research team at other minority-serving institutions to support research using these methods and materials.

“In this way, we hope to crowdsource research and materials on specific communities where other faculty and student research is happening to help us build and connect community stories of neighborhoods and segregation,” Crowell said.

The grant will fund an open course for both graduate and undergraduate students to learn how to use the methods and data in their own research projects.

Crowell said she has found that residential segregation continues to exist across the U.S. — and that it causes many unnecessary economic consequences.

“I’m so excited about the opportunity for transformation that Dr. Crowell’s project provides for our students and for increasing research capacity and collaboration with other institutions,” said Dr. Elizabeth A. Lowham, dean of the College of Social Sciences at Fresno State. “The work to understand the patterns and implications of residential segregation in urban areas is critical in the work to create just communities where everyone can thrive.”

Ultimately, the project aims to fill in the existing gap in knowledge by utilizing new data sources, as well as new methods for analysis of residential segregation.

The project will also develop new GIS resources, helping to document elements to address long-standing research questions about patterns of segregation dating back to the 1940s.


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