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xiii Acknowledgments I am grateful to many people and institutions that helped make this study possible. I wholeheartedly thank Ilene Kalish, Caelyn Cobb, and NYU Press for believing in this project, and for their expert assistance. I thank production editor Alexia Traganas, copy editor Usha Sanyal, and the entire NYU Press team for their careful attention and hard work. I am deeply grateful to four anonymous reviewers for their constructive and supportive advice, which I have no doubt made the book better than it would have been without their guidance. Errors and omissions that remain are my own. A University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellowship Award in 2003–2004, two grants from the Otto and Gertrude K. Pollak Summer Research Fellowship fund from the University of Pennsylvania Sociology Department, in 2002 and 2003, and a National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant Award in 2004–2005 enabled the research phase. In the writing phase, I benefited from an NSF/RU FAIR ADVANCE MiniGrant and a Research Council Grant at Rutgers University. My graduate school mentors, Kathryn Edin, Douglas Massey, and David Grazian, showed me unending patience and shared insightful advice and unwavering support over the years. Dave stepped up to fill a role on my committee without even knowing much about my work and offered valuable advice. Doug was always prompt with constructive criticism , and has demonstrated incredible flexibility, loyalty, and encouragement . Over the years, he’s taken every opportunity to let me know he’ll always be in my corner. Kathy has been advisor, mentor, friend, and cheerleader . She pushed me to work beyond limits I perceived, always having faith that I could do more. She believed in my strengths and forgave my weaknesses, and I feel lucky to say we’ve been in a mutual admiration society for nearly eighteen years. She continues to always make time for me at conferences, so we can discuss my work over an early breakfast or an afternoon coffee. I would not be the sociologist I am today without her. xiv | Acknowledgments Also at the University of Pennsylvania, Kristen Harknett and Elaine Simon both offered support and advice. The late Michael Katz provided guidance in the early stages of this project and his work continues to be a source of inspiration. Amy Hillier was a classmate in an Urban Studies seminar Michael Katz taught in 1998–1999, and now is at the Cartographic Modeling Laboratory and a professor in the Department of City Planning in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Amy sat down with me to create multiple maps for my first write-up of this research. A decade later she created the revised, consolidated map that appears in this book. Her expertise is evident, and I am lucky to have her as a friend. Xavier de Souza Briggs was exceedingly generous with guidance, moral support, and research opportunities on the Three-City Study of Moving to Opportunity when he was at Harvard University and MIT that allowed me to think about my own research in new ways; Xav is an intellectual role model as well as a friend. And working on the MTO project gave me the opportunity to meet and become friends with several others who’ve offered support and advice as well: Carla Barrett, Maria Rendon, Cynthia Velazquez Duarte, and Silvia Domínguez. Friends and colleagues have helped more than they realize. As this book demonstrates, social ties really do matter. Matthew Desmond, Judith Levine, Mario Luis Small, Sandra Susan Smith, and Celeste WatkinsHayes are all scholars I’ve been fortunate to meet at conferences who have given me deeply valued advice and encouragement, as have editors Naomi Schneider, Suzanne Nichols, and Peter Mickulas. At Yeshiva University I was lucky to find so much support among my colleagues, especially Silke Aisenbrey, Lauren Fitzgerald, and Stephen Pimpare. At Rutgers University, student Brendan Gaughan provided helpful research assistance. The invaluable secretary of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology , and Criminal Justice, Sherry Pisacano, has consistently gone above and beyond to offer moral as well as practical support. My departmental colleague Stacia Gilliard-Matthews and former Associate Chancellor for Civic Engagement Andrew Seligsohn, now moved on from his role at Rutgers-Camden to be president of Campus Compact, have been there for me without fail, with open arms and open ears. Their support, along with that of Marie Chevrier, Mary Beth Daisey, Tyler Hoffman, Natasha Fletcher, Howard Marchitello, Lori Minnite, and Melissa Yates Acknowledgments | xv...


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