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City Visions | Race Brokers: Housing Markets and Segregation in 21st Century Urban America

City Visions - Book talks exploring urban issues and visionary transformations

Elizabeth Korver-Glenn examines how housing market professionals–including housing developers, real estate agents, mortgage lenders, and appraisers–construct contemporary urban housing markets in ways that contribute to neighborhood inequality and racial segregation. Race Brokers highlights the imperative to interrupt the racism that pervades housing market professionals’ work, dismantle the racialized routines that underwrite such racism, and cultivate a truly fair housing market.

Book cover for race Brokers

The book is by Elizabeth Korver-Glenn, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of New Mexico. Her award-winning research has been published in American Sociological ReviewSocial ProblemsSocial CurrentsSociology of Race and Ethnicity, and City & Community, among other peer-reviewed outlets. Her work has also been featured in national news outlets, including The Washington Post.

From February – June 2023, the School of Cities hosted the City Visions book series, featuring leading urban experts and authors exploring the urban issues and visionary transformations captured in their recent books.Topics ranged from de-industrialization to single-family housing and from innovation districts to housing market segregation, and every event featured the author in conversation with a moderator and fellow urban affairs expert.