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Rachael Woldoff, Ph.D.

Professor - Sociology


Dr. Woldoff, Professor of Sociology, received an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from The Ohio State University, specializing in crime and community. Her research and publications have focused on neighborhood crime and disorder, neighborhood redevelopment, and racial/ethnic differences in residential outcomes. Her work has appeared in Social Forces, Urban Affairs Review, and Urban Studies, her 2011 book, White Flight/Black Flight: The Dynamics of Racial Change in an American Neighborhood was awarded the 2013 Best Book Award from the Urban Affairs Association. Dr. Woldoff’s high level of productivity garnered the 2012-2013 Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award. Dr. Woldoff’s coauthored two others books: High Stakes: Big Time Sports and Downtown Redevelopment and Priced Out: Stuyvesant Town and the Loss of Middle-Class Neighborhoods (New York University Press 2016). She is is an Associate Editor of the ASA journal City and Community. Dr. Woldoff’s newest research examines the subject of place-based community for remote workers. In the project, Digital Nomads: Location Independence, the Search for Freedom, and the Continuing Significance of Community, she and her coauthor follow a community of digital nomads, a subculture of creative workers who seek freedom from the constraints of their conventional lives and who strive for a location independent lifestyle of remote working. 

Selected Publications

Woldoff, Rachael A. White Flight/Black Flight: The Dynamics of Racial Change in an American Neighborhood. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press. 

Woldoff, Rachael A. and Seth Ovadia. “Not Getting Their Money’s Worth: African American Disadvantages in Converting Income, Wealth, and Education into Residential Quality.” Urban Affairs Review 45(1): 66-91.  

Woldoff, Rachael A. "The Effects of Local Stressors on Neighborhood Attachment." Social Forces 81(1): 87-116.

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