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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 how neighborhood context and housing influence various dimensions of well-being, in the US and internationally. My paper in City & Community examined how neighborhood racial and ethnic composition, as well as various "stressors" in the local environment (poverty, population turnover) influence residents' satisfaction with their communities and engagement with local residents, which in turn has implications for community vitality. Furthermore, my forthcoming paper in Urban Studies uncovers that the presence of undesirable neighborhood stressors can undermine the benefits of homeownership for residents' neighborhood experience, with differential rewards according to racial background.
I have also explored how factors pertaining to community and housing contribute to risky sexual behavior in sub-Saharan Africa. My papers featured in Health & Place and Urban Studies illustrate that urban poverty, migration, and stress surrounding housing insecurity render women more vulnerable to risky sexual behavior (e.g., lack of condom use, multiple sexual partners, transactional sex). My current research seeks to unravel the mechanisms by which "urban poverty" or slum residence leads to risky sexual behavior and poor mental health in the region. Unpacking the construct of urban poverty to identify specific facets of the local environment (e.g., poor sanitation, lack of employment opportunities, structural deterioration) that compromise well-being can inform policymakers on how to revitalize such communities.
My research also continues to focus on the homeless experience. My paper in the Journal of Health & Social Behavior explored obstacles to food security among the US homeless population, and I am currently investigating the factors that contribute to housing retention among formerly homeless individuals.
230.101 Introductory Sociology
230.205 Introduction to Social Statistics
230.223 Housing and Homelessness in the United States
230.244 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.