The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Wurster Gallery (121).
The Making (and Unmaking?) of Residential Segregation: A Federal View
One year after civil unrest in Ferguson, and two weeks after the Supreme Court upheld the use of disparate impact in fair housing cases, HUD issued its final Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule in July 2015. This lecture will put the new HUD rule in the historical context of federal policies that have shaped residential segregation, our obligation to undo such segregation under the Fair Housing Act, and the challenges to developing and implementing a rule through the decades. A key focus will be the AFFH rule and the associated data tool designed to help communities understand the landscape of opportunity in their communities, and more effectively address segregation and spatial disparities. The perspective is decidedly federal -- the challenge of making national policy sufficiently adaptable to local context, HUD’s strides in this area, and the challenges that remain.
Dr. Katherine O'Regan serves as Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. In this capacity, she leads a team of experienced social scientists and researchers who help inform both the development and implementation of policy to improve life in American communities through conducting, supporting, and sharing research, surveys, demonstrations, program evaluations, and best practices. Previously, Dr. O'Regan was Professor of Public Policy and Planning at New York University's Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she has also held various administrative positions, including Associate Dean for Faculty from 2002-2004. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a B.S. from the Wharton School of Finance at the University of Pennsylvania. During her academic career, Dr. O'Regan taught courses in microeconomics, poverty, program evaluation, and urban economics, and has received teaching awards from Berkeley, Yale, and NYU. Dr. O'Regan's research broadly focuses on low income communities and affordable housing policy.