Dissertation: “Gentrification and Displacement in the American Rustbelt: A Two Neighborhood Comparison”
Committee: Robert Adelman (chair), Christopher Mele, Mary Nell Trautner, Waverly Duck (Pittsburgh)
Research Areas: Racial Residential Segregation, Gentrification, Housing, Neighborhoods, and Urban Sociology
J Coley is a Ph.D. candidate and lecturer in the Department of Sociology at University at Buffalo, SUNY, and is a 2021-2022 Advanced Dissertation Fellow at Buffalo’s Humanities Institute. Broadly speaking, their research focuses on gentrification, housing, and residential segregation in historically Black neighborhoods. Their dissertation, funded by UB’s Mark Diamond Research Fund, is a qualitative examination into the lives of the people displaced by gentrification occurring in two mid-sized cities: Buffalo, New York, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In this research, I ask: In what ways have residents of gentrifying neighborhoods been displaced, dislocated, and/or isolated? How do current and previous residents resist or succumb to gentrification? Through in-depth interviews with current residents, previous residents, and community stakeholders and informants, their two-city, two-neighborhood comparison allows them to study the insights and narratives of a range of people impacted by gentrification on behalf of university affiliated institutions.
Dissertation: “The Perceived Meaning of Eldercare among the Sandwich Generation of Adult Koreans and Korean Immigrants”
Committee: Kristen Schultz Lee (chair), Debra Street, Robert Adelman
Research Areas: Life Course; Sociology of Family; Immigration; Gender; Inequality; Sociology of Education
Byung Soo Lee is a PhD candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University at Buffalo, SUNY. His research focuses on how Asian immigrant families in the United States experience the changes of family relations and the narratives of the families that reveal the gap between the subjective perception of family relations and the structural changes in a given society. His current research examines how Asian immigrant family members interpret the meaning of eldercare with the intersection of gendered experiences.