Deirdre Oakley is a professor of Sociology at Georgia State University and a Managing Editor of the Journal of Urban Affairs. She is currently working on a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded project: “Interrupting Place-based Inequality: Building Sustainable Communities through Shared Equity Homeownership” with Drs. Susan Saegert, Erin Ruel and Mary Clare Lennon. Her research focuses primarily on how metropolitan social disadvantages concerning education, housing, health; neighborhood change as well as redevelopment, are often compounded by geographic space and racialized urban policies. Dr. Oakley has provided Congressional Testimony concerning public housing preservation to the Financial Services Committee. She received her B.A. in American History from Bowdoin College and graduate degrees (Geography and Sociology) from the State University of New York at Albany.