Metropolitan Policy Center In The Media

2014 - 2019


Advancing Diversity in Advertising Starts in the Classroom
By Monique Bell
February 10, 2020 in Adweek
Excerpt: "Of course, we cannot overlook the black girl magic brought to marketing academia by several torch-bearing women academics. [...] American University marketing professor Sonya Grier continues to advance scholarship and society by marrying social marketing and consumer health research with policy, including her work with the Federal Trade Commission."

Child care advocates press Congress to help families cope with costs
By Emily Disalvo
February 6, 2020 in The Hill
Excerpt: "Taryn Morrissey, associate professor of public policy at American University, said families living below the poverty line often spend roughly 30 percent of their income on child care, while higher income families usually spend anywhere between 8 percent and 18 percent."

Sin City’s new slogan is set to launch Sunday evening
By Bailey Schulz
January 25, 2020 in Las Vegas Review-Journal
Excerpt: "Sonya Grier, chair of American' University's marketing department, said its longevity shows how impactful and effective the phrase was. 'I think it had both a specific and broad meaning, so people could make it what they wanted it to be,' she said. 'That's why it was so successful, and they built on that.'"

Why some D.C. residents want landmark status for a public housing complex
By Paul Schwartzmann
September 25, 2019 in The Washington Post

Climate Change Won’t Affect All Washingtonians Equally
By Jenny Gathright
September 19, 2019 in DCist

D.C. Wants To Be Resilient To Climate Change. Critics Argue Efforts Could Worsen Inequalities.
By Jacob Fenston
September 18, 2019 in WAMU

Marginalized Communities In D.C. Are Already Struggling. Climate Change Will Make That Worse.
By Maura Currie
September 17, 2019 in The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Chevy Chase Dog Park Latest Local Doggie Drama
By Jordan Pascale
September 11, 2019 in WAMU

The Fight for Environmental Justice in America’s Segregated Cities
By Abigail Spink
September 6, 2019 in Geographical

An Oral History of Gentrification in Shaw and U Street NW
By Christina Sturdivant Sani
August 29, 2019 in The Washington City Paper

Ernesto Castañeda, American University – New Type of Mexican Migrants
By David Hopper
July 25, 2019 in The Academic Minute

The contradiction at the heart of immigration restriction
By Ernesto Castañeda
June 10, 2019 in The Washington Post

Co-Living Is In Growth Mode As Gentrification Issues Shake Up Major Cities
By Kerri Panchuk
June 3, 2019 in Bisnow Dallas-Fort Worth

Two New Health Policy Briefs on the Health Impacts of Early Childhood Interventions
By Laura Tollen
April 25, 2019 in Health Affairs

In fight over affordable housing, some lawmakers aren’t worried about gentrification; ‘I want to up the property values’
By Ned Oliver
April 21, 2019 in The Virginia Mercury

From ‘Liz’ to ‘The Jason’: The bizarre trend of fancy apartments with human names
By Lavanya Ramanathan
April 19, 2019 in The Washington Post

Immigrants pave the way for the gentrification of black neighborhoods
By Sujata Gupta
April 18, 2019 in Science News

What D.C.’s Go-Go Showdown Reveals About Gentrification
By Tanvi Misra
April 17, 2019 in CityLab

A Luxury Home Firewall Could Save This Neighborhood From Amazon’s HQ2
By Prashant Gopal
April 5, 2019 in Bloomberg Businessweek

Border Numbers
By Aixa Diaz
April 1, 2019 in WMUR9

The HQ2 divide
By Sophie Austin
March 25, 2019 in The Eagle

Fifty years later, America facing similar race issues, speakers say
By Molly Devore
March 11, 2019 in The Badger Herald

Ward 2 boasts high household income, education rates
By Ilena Peng
March 4, 2019 in The GW Hatchet

Is Congress about to make child care more affordable? 5 questions answered | Analysis
By Capital-Star Op-Ed Contributor
March 3, 2019 in the Pennsylvania Capital-Star

A Brief, Shameful History of Childcare in the United States
By Prachi Gupta
February 22, 2019 in The Slot

SIS Breaks it Down: Climate Justice in Washington, DC
American University's School of International Service
February 13, 2019 on YouTube

"Black-Owned Businesses Carve Out Space In An Increasingly Gentrified D.C."
By Philip Lewis
January 11, 2019 in The Huffington Post

"The DC Council just cut $20 million for homeless services to fund tax breaks for commercial properties"
By Carolyn Gallaher
December 12, 2018 in Greater Greater Washington

"The History Of Wah Luck House And The Future Of Affordable Housing In D.C."
with Carolyn Gallaher and Kristy Choi
November 8, 2018 in The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Midterm election is one possible cause of hate crime increasing, says expert
By Corey Rangel
November 1, 2018 in Fox4

Residents of Wah Luck House Have Endured Difficult Living Conditions to Remain in Downtown D.C.
By Kristy Choi
October 31, 2018 in Washington City Paper

Inmate Tells Her Story of Sexual Abuse by San Joaquin Deputy
By Vicky Nguyen, Sandra Cervantes, Robert Campos and Mark Villarreal
October 26, 2018 in NBC Bay Area

Why racial inequality and regional economic inequality can’t be separated
By Bradley Hardy, Frederick Wherry, and Adrianna Pita
October 10, 2018 in Brookings Institution

"TOPA doesn’t always work for small buildings, a housing fight with the National Shrine shows"
By Carolyn Gallaher
October 9, 2018 in Greater Greater Washington

Police in many states could legally have sex with a person in custody — until a N.Y. rape allegation
By Deanna Paul
October 8, 2018 in The Washington Post

"Sixty years of D.C. history and culture, slathered in chili"
By Reis Thebault
August 22, 2018 in The Washington Post

"The steady decline of African-American culture in DC"
By Andreane Williams
August 22, 2018 in Equal Times

"The TRGT Fiasco Was No Mistake"
By Jeremiah Moss
July 31, 2018 in The Village Voice

In Kentucky, A 'Culture Of Indifference' To Sexual Harassment In Prisons
By Eleanor Klibanoff
July 27, 2018 in NPR

"Exhibit documents historic neighborhood change, successful collective action"
By Robert Bettmann
July 17, 2018 in The DC Line

"Can Gentrification Be Illegal?"
By J. Brian Charles
July 2, 2018 in Governing Magazine

"Do posh waterfronts make a city world-class? D.C. is betting hundred of millions on it."
By Jonathan O'Connell
June 26, 2018 in The Washington Post

“Lawsuit: D.C. policies to attract affluent millennials discriminated against blacks”
By Paul Schwartzman
May 25, 2018 in The Washington Post

“Gentrification: Reversal of Historic White Flight Is Creating a New Black Flight”
By Cecilia Smith
May 17, 2018 in Atlanta Black Star

“It's Not Cool to Argue About Whether D.C. Is Cool”
By Alex Baca
May 15, 2018 in CityLab

“In a Revived Durham, Black Residents Ask: Is There Still Room for Us?”
By Amanda Abrams
May 1, 2018 in The New York Times

"It’s difficult to become a homeowner with limited English proficiency"
By Carolyn Gallaher
April 26, 2018 in Greater Greater Washington

“Affordable Housing Provides City An Opportunity to Live Its Values”
By Matt Delaney
April 6, 2018 in Falls Church News Press

“Black, White, And Asian — Three Reflections On The 1968 D.C. Riots”
By Sasha-Ann Simons
April 4, 2018 in WAMU

“State of Our Cities”
By Mike Unger
April 1, 2018 in American University Magazine

"A fix or a setback? DC may strip tenant purchase rights from all single-family homes"
By Carolyn Gallaher
March 5, 2018 in Greater Greater Washington

“Exodus: Affordable stores leaving Boulder, stumping experts and worrying remaining low-income residents”
By Shay Castle
February 24, 2018 in Daily Camera

“Wakanda: The Chocolatest City”
By Brentin Mock
February 16, 2018 in CityLab

“Race, Power, Privilege in the Marketplace Are Focus of Interdisciplinary Network’s Research”
By Tiffany Pennamon
February 4, 2018 in Diverse Issues in Education

“A Contest for D.C. Council Chair Takes Shape"
By J. F. Meils
February 2, 2018 in Washington City Paper

“Can Child-Care Benefits Keep Teachers in the Classroom?”
By Sarah D. Sparks
January 23, 2018 in Education Week

"Revoking El Salvador’s Temporary Protective Status is bad news for the region"
By Carolyn Gallaher
January 17, 2018 in Greater Greater Washington

“Gucci Joins the Most Famous Pirate Tailor to Finish Gentrifying Harlem”
By Rafa Rodriguez
December 15, 2017 in Vanity Fair

"Passed in 2008, this affordable housing law has never been used. Now DC is finally getting ready for DOPA."
By Carolyn Gallaher
December 6, 2017 in Greater Greater Washington

“Hundreds testify that DC needs to #fixTOPA, but does it need to be fixed? If so, how?”
By Julie Strupp, Jessica Wilkie, Carolyn Gallaher
September 28, 2017 in Greater Greater Washington

“By age 3, inequality is clear: Rich kids attend school. Poor kids stay with a grandparent”
By Heather Long
September 26, 2017 in The Washington Post

“This region has one of the nation’s largest Salvadoran communities. A federal program puts that in jeopardy.”
by Carolyn Gallaher
August 23, 2017 in Greater Greater Washington

“The Neighborhood University”
by Derek Hyra
July 30, 2017 in The Chronicle of Higher Education

“The Invisible Segregation of Diverse Neighborhoods”
by Jake Blumgart
July 24, 2017 in Slate

“SoHa in Harlem? The Misguided Madness of Neighborhood Rebranding”
by Ginia Bellafante
July 6, 2017 on The New York Times

“Derek Hyra and the Trouble With the Trouble With Gentrification”
by Benjamin Freed
June 28, 2017 in Washingtonian Magazine

“The Environment as Freedom: A Decolonial Reimagining”
By Malini Ranganathan
June 24, 2017 in Black Perspectives

“How Gentrification Is Undermining the Notion of Black Community and Destroying Black Businesses”
by Frederick Reese
June 20, 2017 in Atlanta Black Star

“How Asian Americans Remade Suburbia”
by Tanvi Misra
June 14, 2017 on CityLab

“The Environment as Freedom: A Decolonial Reimagining”
by Malini Ranganathan
June 13, 2017 in The Social Science Research Council

“Selling a Black D.C. Neighborhood to White Millennials”
by Derek Hyra
June 12, 2017 in NextCity

"Students from Belfast, Northern Ireland visited DC. Here’s what they thought."
By Carolyn Gallaher
June 6, 2017 in Greater Greater Washington

“For middle-class blacks, success can be a double-edged sword”
by Amanda E. Lewis and Kasey Henricks
May 29, 2017 in The Chicago Reporter

“Rural children need quality preschool, too”
by Taryn Morrissey
May 19, 2017 in

“Rich or Poor, People Still Eat Fast Food”
by Roberta Alexander
May 17, 2017 in Healthline

“Your Kids are Fat Because You Work Too Much, New Study Says”
by Alessandra Malito
May 9, 2017 in New York Post

“‘Black Branding’ – How a D.C. Neighborhood was Marketed to White Millennials”
by Robert McCartney
May 3, 2017 in Washington Post

“Want To Make America Great Again? Make Our Kids Globally Competitive”
by Ajay Chaudray and Hirokazu Yoshikawa
April 21, 2017 in Huffington Post

“Study: Black students from poor families are more likely to graduate from high school if they have at least one black teacher”
by Valerie Strauss
April 9, 2017 in Washington Post

“Here’s who gets punished in Trump’s child care plan”
by Taryn Morrissey
March 6, 2017 in

“Trump and the Rise of the Extreme Right”
by Patrick Jonsson
February 27, 2017 in The Christian Science Monitor

“The Color of Corruption: Whiteness and Populist Narratives”
by Malini Ranganathan and Sapana Doshi
February 7, 2017 in Society and Space

“Life Is Hell for Tenants of Giant D.C. Slumlord Sanford Capital”
by Alexa Mills and Andrew Giambrone
February 2, 2017 in Washington City Paper

“New Research Provides Ways To Reduce Holiday Excess Through Mindfulness”
December 13, 2016 in Science Blog

"What happens when people without cars move to places built for driving?"
by Carolyn Gallaher
November 28, 2016 in Greater Greater Washington

“Residents in most diverse areas say their neighborhoods are better than others”
by Perry Stein
October 3, 2016 in The Washington Post

"A Housing Win For Chinatown Residents"
with Carolyn Gallaher, Caroline Hennessy, and Vera Watson
September 26, 2016 in The Kojo Nnamdi Show

“DC’s TOPA law lets tenants buy their buildings before anyone else can, but it also helps renters stay put”
by Carolyn Gallaher
September 15, 2016 in Greater Greater Washington

“Cleveland Must Do More Than Just Manage Decline”
by Richey Piiparinen
September 11, 2016 on

“Race and Income Volatility: A Discussion with Bradley Hardy”
by The Aspen Institute
September 7, 2016 in Aspen Institute Expanding Prosperity Impact
Collaborative (EPIC)

“TANF Policy to Address Low, Volatile Income Among Disadvantaged Families”
by Bradley Hardy
August 21, 2016 in Council on Contemporary Families

“D.C.’s Equitable Growth Dilemma: A Q&A with Derek Hyra of American University”
by Maya Brennan
June 22, 2016 in How Housing Matters Blog

“Rikers Island Internal Report Paints Grim Picture of NYC Jail”
by Associated Press
June 21, 2016 in NY Daily News

“Renting Expanded in Wake of Housing Crash”
by Associated Press
June 20, 2016 in Associated Press

“A New Owner Bought My Apartment and Wanted to Tear it Down. Here’s How I Ended Up Owning the Place”
by Carolyn Gallaher
June 15, 2016 in Greater Greater Washington

“U.S. Food Insecurity”
by Charles Ellison
June 2, 2016 in The Ellison Report; WEAA 88.9 FM

“Asians Still Underrepresented on US Network News”
by Linda Ha
June 2, 2016 on Voice of America

“Priced Out of a Childhood Home”
by Ronda Kaysen
May 13, 2016 in The New York Times

“Rethinking Gentrification: An Opportunity for All to Share in Economic Success”
By ULI Washington
May 10, 2016 in Urban Land Institute Washington

“Addressing Social Segregation in Mixed-Income Communities”
by Derek Hyra
May 4, 2016 in Shelterforce

“Why Gentrifiers Shouldn’t Feel Guilty”
by Paul O’Donnell
April 28, 2016 in Washingtonian Magazine

“Managing Community Change: A Dialogue on Gentrification”
By PD&R Edge
April 11, 2016 in PD&R Edge

“L.A. Is Resegregating – And Whites Are a Major Reason Why”
by Michael Bader
April 1, 2016 in Los Angeles Times

“Data Shows How Major U.S. Cities Are Slowly Re-Segregating”
by Kenya Downs
March 7, 2016 on PBS Newshour

“Chicago Remains Among Most Segregated U.S. Cities: Studies”
by Maudlyne Ihejirika
March 2, 2016 in Chicago Sun Times

“Why Bengaluru Is Not Immune to Floods: It’s All About Land (and Money)”
by Malini Ranganathan
December 10, 2015 in Citizen Matters

“2015’s Most and Least Charitable States”
by Richie Bernardo
December 8, 2015 on WalletHub

“Documentary Explores U Street, Columbia Heights Gentrification”
by Sean Meehan
October 2, 2015 in Borderstan

“Black Women and the Criminal Justice System: Advocating Justice and Equity”
by Shantella Y. Sherman
September 18, 2015 in AFRO American Newspapers

“Micro-Segregation: Creating Cohesion In Gentrified Communities”
July 23, 2015 on WAMU’s The Kojo Nnamdi Show

“How Race Still Influences Where We Choose to Live”
by Emily Badger
July 17, 2015 in The Washington Post

“3 Things Cities and HUD Can Do to Stop Gentrification That Segregates”
by Derek Hyra
June 30, 2015 in NextCity

“2015’s Most Diverse Cities in America”
by Richie Bernardo
May 13, 2015 in WalletHub

“Baltimore Riot Damage Is Hurting Local Businesses”
by David Dishneau and Joyce M. Rosenberg
April 30, 2015 in the Associated Press

“Initiative to Revitalize Barry Farm is Little More than an Urban Dispersal Plan”
by Courtland Milloy
October 24, 2014 in The Washington Post

“Africa’s Population Will Quadruple by 2100. What Does That Mean for its Cities?”
by Sam Sturgis
September 19, 2014 in The Atlantic’s Citylab