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Meredith Greif

Assistant Professor

Mergenthaler 530
Tuesday, 1:30-2:30
Curriculum Vitae


I received my B.S. degree in Rural Sociology from Cornell University, and I received my PhD in Sociology from Penn State University. I have previously taught at Georgia State University and Cleveland State University.

My research focuses on homelessness, housing insecurity, homeownership, and neighborhood effects, both internationally and domestically. I currently study how landlords' business practices contribute to housing outcomes among lower-income and formerly homeless individuals, and explore models of stable, supportive housing for formerly homeless individuals. My research also addresses how neighborhood and housing outcomes vary across racial and ethnic groups, and how they perpetuate intergroup inequalities.

230.101 Introductory Sociology
230.205 Introduction to Social Statistics
230.223 Housing and Homelessness in the United States
Race & Ethnicity in American Society
230.293 Immigration in the United States
230.373 Urban Sociology


Greif, M.J. Forthcoming. “The Intersection of Homeownership, Race, and Neighborhood Stressors: Implications for Neighborhood Satisfaction.” Urban Studies

Greif, M.J. 2012. “Housing, Medical, and Food Deprivation in Poor Urban Contexts: Implications for Multiple Sexual Partnerships and Transactional Sex in Nairobi's Slums.” Health & Place 18: 400-407.

Greif, M.J., A. Adamczyk, and J. Felson. 2011. “Religion and Volunteering in Four Sub-Saharan African Countries.” Interdisciplinary Journal of Research on Religion 7: Article 11.

Adamczyk, A. and M.J. Greif. 2011. “Education and Risky Sex in Africa: Unraveling the Link Between Women’s Education and Reproductive Health Behaviors in Kenya.” Social Science Research 40: 654-666.

Greif, M.J. and F. Dodoo. 2011. “Internal Migration to Nairobi’s Slums: Linking
Migration Streams to Sexual Risk Behavior.” Health & Place 17: 86-93.

Greif, M.J., F. Dodoo, and A. Jayaraman. 2011. “Urban Poverty and Sexual Behavior: The Tale of Five African Cities.” Urban Studies 48: 947-957.

Greif, M.J. 2009. “Neighborhood Attachment in the Multiethnic Metropolis.” City & Community 8: 27-45.

Lee, B.A. and M.J. Greif. 2008. “Homelessness and Hunger.” Journal of Health and
Social Behavior 49: 3-19.

Oropesa, R.S., N. Landale, and M.J. Greif. 2008. ‘From Puerto Rican to Panethnic in New York City.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 31: 1315-1339.

Greif, M.J. and M.C. Taylor. 2005. “Racial and Ethnic Inequality” in Sherrod, Lonnie, Constance Flanagan, Ron Kassimir, and Amy Bertelsen, eds., Encyclopedia of Youth Activism. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.