Elizabeth Korver-Glenn

Elizabeth Korver-Glenn

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D. Sociology, Rice University
research interests:
  • Urban and Community Sociology
  • Racism
  • Racial Inequality
  • Housing
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      St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    Professor Korver-Glenn's research focuses on racial inequality within the urban community.

    Professor Korver-Glenn studies how contemporary cities and markets reproduce racial inequality as well as how public policy maintains or can mitigate such inequality. To date, her research has focused on urban housing and rental markets using qualitative research methods.


    For instance, Korver-Glenn's book Race Brokers: Housing Markets and Segregation in 21st Century Urban America (2021, Oxford University Press), examines how and why housing market industries and professionals--developers, real estate agents, mortgage bankers, and appraisers--rely on racist ideas and practices to facilitate contemporary housing exchange, reproducing racial segregation in the process. Her award-winning related research--including her 2021 co-authored Social Problems article "The Increasing Effect of Neighborhood Racial Composition on Housing Values, 1980-2015" and her 2018 American Sociological Review article "Compounding Inequalities: How Racial Stereotypes and Discrimination Accumulate Across the Stages of Housing Exchange"--has likewise garnered interest across multiple audiences. Other research has appeared or is forthcoming in the Socio-Economic Review, City & Community, Social Currents, and Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, among others. 


    Korver-Glenn's current writing projects concern the hidden mechanisms of racial and gender inequality in rental markets; unexpected sources of discrimination and exclusion among urban immigrants in Sweden; the social construction of neighborhood reputation; racial capitalism and settler colonialism; and how physical barriers and social boundaries affect experiences of race-and-income segregation.


    Korver-Glenn's research has been funded by the Russell Sage Foundation and the Swedish Research Council, among other internal and external sources. She earned her Ph.D. in sociology at Rice University in 2017.