About

Billingham

I am an assistant professor in the Department of Sociology at Wichita State University.  I received a Ph.D. in sociology from Northeastern University in 2013.  I previously worked as a research associate at the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

My research focuses on inequality, segregation, and gentrification in American cities and schools.  In past work (in collaboration with Shelley Kimelberg), I have examined the motivations of middle-class parents who choose to enroll their children in inner-city public schools, drawing out some of the implications of those choices for their neighborhoods, their schools, and broader patterns of gentrification.

Recently, I have widened my focus on American educational inequality to look at macro-level changes in enrollment and segregation trends in American urban school districts, and (with Matt Hunt) I have examined the impact of parents’ racial attitudes on their likelihood of enrolling in racially diverse schools.

I am also interested in the nature of urban identity and the causes, manifestations, and consequences of gentrification, particularly as it affects smaller cities like Wichita, KS.  To that end, I provide periodic commentaries about issues regarding urban life and inequality, especially those developing in the city of Wichita.

I live in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Wichita with my wife Maya, our son Alistair, and Jack.