Paige Glotzer: Racial Capitalism, Residential Segregation, and Unequal Access to Housing in the United States


Paige Glotzer is an assistant professor and John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Chair in the History of American Politics, Institutions, and Political Economy in the History Department at the University of Wisconsin Madison. She researches the history of housing segregation in the nineteenth and twentieth century. She brings together discussions of political economy, cultural history, and the spatial construction of difference. Her first book, How the Suburbs were Segregated, charts how suburban developers ushered in modern housing segregation with the help of transnational financiers, real estate institutions, and public policymakers. The effects of their efforts continue to be felt today. She is also interested in the connections between the rise of Jim Crow and colonialism and slavery worldwide. She recently completed a digital project that maps the British investors who financed one of the first segregated suburbs in the U.S. Paige received her Ph.D. in History from Johns Hopkins University.

Suzanne Lanyi Charles's teaching and research examine physical, social, and economic changes in older inner-ring suburban neighborhoods. In particular, her research addresses infill redevelopment and mansionization, the financialization of housing, and single-family rental housing (SFR). Her current research examines whether SFR provides access to spatially constituted opportunity structures in suburbia or, rather, reinforces segregation by race and income in the region. Her research has received grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies, the Institute for the Social Sciences at Cornell, and the President's Council of Cornell Women.

Charles worked as an architect at the Renzo Piano Building Workshop in Paris, a vice president at Booth Hansen Architects in Chicago, and also as a real estate consultant at the Weitzman Group in New York City. She holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture. She received her doctorate in urban planning from Harvard University in 2011.


This colloquium session examines the role of racial capitalism in the creation and maintenance of segregation and unequal access to housing in the United States. Centrally implicated in the ongoing discriminatory practices are the real estate industry and the urban planners and policymakers who presided over the establishment of policies that created and maintained unequal access to housing. We must do better. 

Cosponsored by the Baker Program in Real Estate

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