Janet Shim, Professor

Closed (1) Sorting and Stratifying in Housing: The Intersectional Impacts of Race, Gender, and Health on Housing Insecurity

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

Housing insecurity remains both a cause and consequence of illness and a central part of the relationship connecting poverty and poor health. While extensive sociological work has examined the role of the state, housing markets, financial institutions, real estate agencies, and the criminal justice system as primary institutions affecting housing inequality, a new institution has emerged as potentially central to the sorting and stratifying of the poor: the healthcare system. Therefore, this study explores how housing assistance is provided through the health and social safety net.

This qualitative project draws on observations and in-depth interviews with individuals and families experiencing housing insecurity, frontline housing workers, housing advocates, healthcare providers, and private rental housing providers in Alameda County in order to understand:

1. how health and illness shape and are shaped by experiences and trajectories of housing insecurity and poverty;
2. how health and illness—at the intersection of race, gender, and household composition (e.g., families with children)—are increasingly important criteria for allocating housing benefits and opportunities;
3. how healthcare, housing, and social service agencies interpret and implement housing policies and regulations; and
4. the day-to-day work of frontline housing workers and healthcare safety net providers to secure housing for their clients/patients in Alameda County

We are looking for a diverse group of applicants, including those who have experienced housing insecurity.

Students will learn to conduct qualitative data collection and analysis. Required tasks will vary by semester and depend on the progress of the research project.

Students will be asked:
- to recruit research participants and co-interview participants (if necessary);
- to check interview transcripts (validation) in preparation for analysis;
- to code interview transcripts;
- to write interview summaries using a template (if necessary);
- to conduct literature reviews;
- to attend brief weekly to bi-monthly meetings to conduct research trainings, address questions, discuss ongoing work, and review findings with the Research Supervisor

Students will develop the following skills:
- learn how to conduct ethical human subjects research;
- learn to gather qualitative data (e.g., recruitment, interviewing);
- learn to code and analyze interview data (e.g., codebook development, using computer-assisted qualitative software to code, connecting codes to emerging research themes, writing interview summaries)


Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Tessa Nápoles, Ph.D. candidate

Qualifications: Required Qualifications: Detail-oriented, organized, and flexible; Excellent communication and writing skills; Interested in the research areas of housing insecurity, health & illness, the urban healthcare safety net and/or intersectionality; Able to work independently and collaboratively with the Research Supervisor *** Preferred Qualifications: Bilingual – English/Spanish; Experience working with patients or study participants; Prior qualitative research experience; Experience working with vulnerable populations *** Please mention any experience with: (1) Social science research methods (e.g., recruiting interview participants, conducting interviews, analyzing interviews, qualitative methods courses); (2) Computer-assisted qualitative analysis using any program (e.g., ATLAS.ti, Dedoose); and (3) Microsoft Office Suite, Google Drive/Suite, Box, and REDCap

Weekly Hours: to be negotiated

Off-Campus Research Site: Students can work anywhere with a secure internet connection. The student will meet with the Research Supervisor every 1-2 weeks over Zoom due to COVID-19 (unless otherwise discussed).

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