Peter Rich, Cornell University

Assistant Professor Ithaca, New York peter.rich@cornell.edu Office: (607) 255-0219

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Peter’s recent work analyzes distinctions in neighborhood choices between parents and non-parents. Peter shows white parents—compared to white non-parents—are more likely to move to neighborhoods where the local schools are all or mostly white. Economic factors, local housing stock, school expend...

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Bio/Research

Peter’s recent work analyzes distinctions in neighborhood choices between parents and non-parents. Peter shows white parents—compared to white non-parents—are more likely to move to neighborhoods where the local schools are all or mostly white. Economic factors, local housing stock, school expenditures, and academic test performance do not explain white parents’ distinct inclination to sort into neighborhoods with segregated white schools. These new findings link the persistence of racial segregation to white parental agency in the housing market: as parents leverage their resources to secure perceived educational advantages for their own children, they express and fortify a legacy of structural racial inequalities.

In a complementary historical project, Peter shows white parents were distinctly responsive to school desegregation when it was implemented within their school district between 1968 and 1990. Not only were white parents the most likely to flee from local desegregation plans, they were also more likely than white non-parents to avoid moving into desegregating districts.


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