PhD student Amanda Kass Receives Evelyn L. Pruitt National Dissertation Fellowship

Amanda Kass

Amanda has been named a 2018-2019 Society of Woman Geographers (SWG) Evelyn L. Pruitt National Fellowship for Dissertation Research awardee. The SWG Pruitt National Fellowship Program is a competitive fellowship of up to $12,000 for women doctoral candidates in the United States and Canada. Amanda’s research concerns the relationships between urban governance, financialization, and racial inequality. Her dissertation examines the evolution of institutional investor activity in the residential housing market in Illinois after the 2007-2009 recession, and will explore how value is produced in and extracted from communities with high rates of investor activity. Her project will contribute to scholarship on financialization and the methodological challenges of using public datasets. Her dissertation’s findings will also help planners and policymakers identify policies and programs that can both mitigate a buildup of distressed housing and assist in neighborhood recovery.