James Rosenbaum
Chair, Program on Poverty, Race and Inequality

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Higher Ed, P-12

  • Access
  • College completion
  • Demographics
  • Poverty
  • Readiness
  • Workforce development

James Rosenbaum’s current major areas of research are the college-for-all movement, college attendance and coaches, high-school-to-work transitions, and linkages among students, schools, and employers. For two decades, he conducted an extensive research project on the effects of relocating poor inner-city black families in public housing to subsidized housing in the white middle-class suburbs of Chicago. This quasi-natural experiment, known as the Gautreaux Program, has enabled him to study the effects of these moves on children’s educational outcomes and job opportunities, as well as the social and economic effects on the mothers. These studies encouraged the federal government to create its Moving to Opportunity (MTO) program, implemented by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. A specialist in research on work, education and housing opportunities, Rosenbaum has published four books and numerous articles on these subjects. Rosenbaum has testified before Congressional committees on several occasions. He is a member of the Technical Review Panel for the High School Longitudinal Study of 2009 (HSLS:09) in the U.S. Department of Education.