WISCONSIN SOCIOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION
To stimulate discussion, encourage research, improve instruction, and promote local to international interdisciplinary collaboration.
NICE WHITE NEIGHBORS:
RATIONALIZING RACIAL SEGREGATION
Dr. Gina Spitz will discuss her work on the difference between what she calls “technical racial integration” and “social racial integration” in communities. First, she will discuss how her project shed light on how White and Black neighbors make sense of a lack of cross-racial social ties in their diverse Milwaukee neighborhood and how their narratives may exacerbate racial social segregation. Then, she will review the differing ways that black and white neighbors tend to value racial diversity. Dr. Spitz’s hopes that her work will add important nuance to our understandings of neighborhood racial integration and what it means for racial inequality.
Dr. Spitz received her MS and PhD (2015) in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She currently works as Research Faculty at Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Urban Research and Learning (CURL), where she heads up interdisciplinary team research and evaluation projects with community-based organizations in Chicago. Dr. Spitz recently welcomed a new baby, Juniper, into the world in July 2020 and lives with “Junie”, her spouse Geoff, and her large black lab mix Frannie on the far north side of Chicago.