Journalism Professor Wins Kellogg Grant for Study of Racial Inequities
Posted: May 18, 2010
Mercedes Lynn de Uriarte, Associate Professor of Journalism, has received a $150,000 grant from the Kellogg Foundation to study the social consequences of displacement by gentrification in East Austin, part of the foundation's five-year initiative to promote racial healing and eliminate barriers to opportunities.
"I became interested in displacement issues three years ago while researching local press coverage of Austin's development spurt," said de Uriarte, who worked on urban affairs and U.S. minority concerns as an editor and writer at the Los Angeles Times during the 1980s. "I was struck by the way long-time East Austin residents and young families who rented seemed to just disappear to be replaced by fancy new and rather alien structures. I wondered what effect these upheavals had on young people and elderly residents."
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