Meredith Greif

Meredith Greif

Associate Research Professor

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Research Interests: Homelessness, Housing Policy, Urban Inequality, Racial Stratification, Mental Health

Education: PhD, Pennsylvania State University

Meredith Greif is an Assistant Research Professor of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University. Her research is at the intersection of race, space, and housing. Her recent book, Collateral Damages: Landlords and the Urban Housing Crisis, published by Russell Sage, examines landlords who house lower-income tenants. It demonstrates how a system of laws falls short, and even has unintended negative consequences, for the populations -- notably marginalized renters and communities -- that they are meant to protect.

Her work on homelessness and housing insecurity illustrate how they result from, and perpetuate, racial and economic disparities. Her work has highlighted the ways in which housing insecurity can lead to physical and mental health problems, which subsequently heighten vulnerability to future housing insecurity. She continues to examine neighborhood satisfaction and neighborhood attachment, and how they reflect, and contribute to, racial and economic segregation.

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.

  • 230.202 Research Methods for the Social Sciences
  • 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. 2022. Collateral Damages: Landlords and the Urban Housing Crisis. New
York: Russell Sage Foundation (American Sociological Association’s Rose Monograph

Greif, M.J. 2018. “Regulating Landlords: Unintended Consequences for Poor Tenants.” City
& Community 17: 658-674.

Garboden, P., E. Rosen, S. DeLuca, K. Edin, and M.J. Greif. 2018. “A Research Report:
Urban Landlords and the Geography of Opportunity.” Department of Housing and Urban
Development: Washington, DC.

Greif, M.J. and F. Dodoo. 2015. “How Community Physical, Structural, and Social Stressors
Relate to Mental Health in the Urban Slums of Accra, Ghana.” Health & Place 33: 57-66.

Greif, M.J. 2015. “The Intersection of Homeownership, Race, and Neighborhood Stressors:
Implications for Neighborhood Satisfaction.” Urban Studies 52: 50-70.
- Online first March 18, 2014. doi:10.1177/0042098014525243

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: 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.