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ISR Insights Speaker Series

Motor City at a Standstill: Measuring the Impact of COVID-19 on Detroit

Jeffrey Morenoff
Lydia Wileden

Wednesday, 6/3/2020, 11:00am.   ARCHIVED EVENT

Location: webinar


Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Detroit has emerged as an epicenter of the crisis. To date, more than 1300 Detroiters have died from a coronavirus infection and 43 percent of city residents have lost their jobs. In this ISR Insights talk, Jeffrey Morenoff (Professor, Sociology and Public Policy; Director, Population Studies Center) and Lydia Wileden (PhD Candidate, Sociology and Public Policy; Population Studies Center trainee) will discuss efforts by the Detroit Metro Area Communities Study -- a panel study of more than 1100 Detroiters -- to capture the real-time experiences of Detroiters and share insights from two survey waves on the dramatic financial precarity facing many Detroit households and the behavioral and economic changes residents are making to get by.

This webinar is the second in a continuing series focusing on the research happening at ISR. If there is a topic you would like to see featured or have an idea for a future presentation, please email abeattie@umich.edu.


Dr. Morenoff's research interests focus on neighborhood environments, crime and criminal justice, the social determinants of health, and racial/ethnic/immigrant inequality. He is currently conducting research on prisoner reentry, the social context and spatial dynamics of health and crime, and neighborhood social processes.

Lydia Wileden's interests include the process of neighborhood change and how it impacts residents, social networks, political agency, affordable housing, and the concentrations of poverty.

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