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Carolyn Swope

Carolyn Swope is a Doctoral Candidate in Urban Planning at Columbia GSAPP. Broadly, her research interests focus on the relationship between housing and health disparities, with particular attention to historical housing policies producing present-day housing inequities. Prior to pursuing doctoral studies, Carolyn worked at organizations promoting healthy housing and communities spanning the private, nonprofit, and local government sectors. Carolyn received her MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, and BA in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis.

Current research projects include: How the legacy of historical dispossessions informs gentrification’s impact on health

The problematic use of public health in justifying inequitable historical housing processes, particularly urban renewal, as well as the durable health impacts of these processes

Racialized displacement and the weaponization of public health in Washington, D.C.‘s inhabited alleys pre-urban renewal