Penn Profs. Author New Book Analyzing Historical and Current Housing Discrimination


Several Penn faculty members, including PISC Senior Scholar, Vincent Reina, PhD, recently published a book on the history and current existence of housing discrimination, despite the passage of the Fair Housing Act more than 50 years ago. "Perspectives on Fair Housing," was published as part of the Penn Press series, "The City in the Twenty-First Century." Co-edited by Provost Wendell Pritchett and professors Vincent Reina and Susan Wachter, the volume features chapters written by Penn professors Francesca Ammon, Akira Rodríguez, Rand Quinn, Camille Charles, and Amy Hillier. The Penn Institute for Urban Research presented a six-part livestream series in conjunction with the book’s release in October. The Fair Housing Act was passed in 1968 to prevent racial discrimination in housing sales and rentals, but research indicates that people of color still face discriminatory housing practices, such as being shown fewer homes and apartments compared to white home seekers.


In this Daily Pennsylvanian article, Dr. Reina's hope for the book to be used as a tool against misinformation is stressed. Thinking retrospectively, he also noted that he wishes the volume included a chapter that explored fair housing through the lens of public health.

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