Loyola University Chicago

Department of Sociology


Peter Rosenblatt, PhD

Title/s: Associate Professor
Director of the Urban Studies program at Loyola

Specialty Area: Urban Sociology, Sociology of Education, Research Methods

Office #: Coffey 438

Phone: 773.508.3422


CV Link: CV_Rosenblatt_Peter


Peter Rosenblatt grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and holds a PhD in Sociology from Johns Hopkins University. His research focuses on housing policy, urban inequality, and education. He uses mixed methods to understand the way individuals respond to constraints and opportunities in the housing market, and the way housing markets themselves shape and are shaped by housing policies. His research attempts to take into account the uniqueness of local context, and the history of a city in understanding how housing policies unfold and influence urban inequality.

Dr. Rosenblatt conducts policy-relevant research that attempts to further our understanding of how low-income and minority families respond to housing policies. While we know a lot about how patterns of mobility perpetuate segregation and inequality we do not know much about the motivating factors, decision-making processes, and experiences behind these patterns. Dr. Rosenblatt’s recent research addresses this gap. He studies the Housing Choice Voucher (formerly Section-8) program, HOPE VI, and assisted mobility programs including Moving To Opportunity (MTO) and the Baltimore Thompson mobility program.

Dr. Rosenblatt draws on mixed methods to conduct his research. He has conducted interview studies with low-income families and youth in Baltimore and Mobile, Alabama, and is currently working on a National Science Foundation sponsored study that explores how moving from public housing to the suburbs affects access to schooling opportunities for low-income families and children. He has published in City & Community, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and Teachers College Record, and has discussed his research at the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. His report on the impact of the foreclosure crisis on families in Baltimore city was presented at a congressional hearing.


PhD, Sociology
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 2011

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, 2008

BA, Sociology
Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT, 2002

Selected Publications

Rosenblatt, Peter and Stefanie DeLuca. 2017. “What Happened in Sandtown-Winchester? Understanding the Impacts of a Comprehensive Community Initiative” Urban Affairs Review 53(3) 463-494.

Rosenblatt, Peter and Steven J. Sacco. 2017. “Investors and the Geography of the Subprime Housing Crisis” Housing Policy Debate. DOI:10.1080/10511482.2016.1242021

Rosenblatt, Peter, Kathryn Edin, Queenie Zhu. 2015. “I Do Me: Young Black Men and the Struggle to Resist the Streets” in Orlando Patterson and Ethan Fosse, eds. The Cultural Matrix: Understanding Black Youth. Boston: Harvard University Press.

Rosenblatt, Peter and Stefanie DeLuca. 2012. “'We Don't Live Outside, We Live in Here': Residential Mobility Decisions of Low-income Families.” City & Community 11(3) 254-284.

DeLuca, Stefanie, Philip Garboden and Peter Rosenblatt. 2013. “Maintaining Segregation: How Housing Policies Shape the Residential Trajectories of Low-Income Minority Families.” ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 647(1) 268 – 299.