- Additional Positions at AU
- Founding Director, Metropolitan Policy Center
Derek Hyra is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy within the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, urban politics, and race. Dr. Hyra is the co-editor of Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC (Routledge 2016) and author of The New Urban Renewal: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville (University of Chicago Press 2008) and Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City (University of Chicago Press 2017). He is currently working on his fourth manuscript, Roots of the Riots: Race, Policy, and Neighborhood Inequality (under contract with the University of California Press).
Dr. Hyra’s research has been showcased in both academic journals, such as Housing Policy Debate, Journal of Urban Affairs, Urban Affairs Review, and Urban Studies, and popular media outlets, including the British Broadcasting Corporation, Chicago Public Radio, C-SPAN, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times. He has also received several important grants from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 2018, he was a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center Academic Fellow and an American Council of Learned Societies Fellow. In 2017, he was an Aspen Institute Ideas Festival Scholar.
Dr. Hyra strongly believes in public service. He has served as board chair of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority, as an Alexandria Planning Commissioner, and as an Obama appointee on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities. He was also a U.S. Congressional candidate in Northern Virginia in 2014. He currently serves as the chair-elect of the American Sociological Association’s Community and Urban Sociology Section and on the Advocacy Advisory Council of the United Planning Organization in Washington, DC. He received his B.A. from Colgate University and his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.
Area of Expertise
Gentrification, urban renewal, neighborhood change, inner city, metropolitan politics
Prof. Derek Hyra is a national expert on gentrification, housing, race, and urban politics, and he regularly contributes to national urban policy conversations. He has several noteworthy books on these important topics including Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City; Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC; and The New Urban Renewal: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville. He is currently working on his next book about urban renewal and unrest in Ferguson, Baltimore and Charlotte. Prof. Hyra’s research has been featured in print, online, and broadcast media outlets, including The Atlanta Black Star, Bloomberg News, BBC, CBS, Chicago Public Radio, C-SPAN, Fox5DC News, HuffPost, RFI, Slate Magazine, USA Today, Citylab, Nextcity, Governing Magazine, Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, Crain’s New York, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Tribune, Voice of America, The Washington Post, The Washington Business Journal, The Washington City Paper, The Washingtonian, WAMU, WPFW, and WHUR. You can listen to Prof. Hyra discuss some of his research here: https://www.derekhyra.com/video-archive