Hilary Silver Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies

Since receiving a Ph.D. in Sociology from Columbia University, Professor Silver's research interests have included social exclusion, urban poverty and inequality, urban economic development, neighborhood change, and housing, welfare, and other social policies. Her book, Social Exclusion, will be published by Polity Press. Based on her research and teaching in South Providence, her first film, "Southside: The Fall and Rise of an Inner-City Neighborhood," is airing on RI Public Television. Professor Silver is an Affiliate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University where she co-chairs a study group on "Social Exclusion and Inclusion in an Expanded Europe." She is Editor of the ASA's urban sociology journal, City & Community. She has held visiting appointments at Nuffield College, Oxford University, the Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin, Université de Lille, University of Sussex, New York University, and Columbia University. She has received three Fulbright fellowships, fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg in Bremen, Germany, the Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique, INSEE, and INED in Paris, and School of Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, UK. Other grants she received are from the National Science Foundation, DAAD, International Labour Office, Institute for Research on Poverty, Brookings Institution, and National Endowment for the Humanities. She is currently a consultant to the World Bank.

Brown Affiliations

Research Areas

scholarly work

2010 "Divided Cities of the Middle East." City & Community 9, 4: 345-57.

2010 "Participation in Urban Contention and Deliberation" (with Alan Scott and Yuri Kazepov). International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 34, 3 (September): 1-25.

2010 "Obama's Urban Policy: A Symposium." City and Community 9, 1: 3-12.

2010 "The Social Integration of Germany after Unification." German Politics and Society 28, 2 (Summer): 165-188.

2010 "Social Inclusion Policies: Lessons for Australia." Australian Journal of Social Issues 45, 2 (Winter): 183-211.

2009 "Reflections on Alfred Adler: A Social Exclusion Perspective." Journal of Individual Psychology 65, 4 (Winter): 319-329.

2008 "Social Exclusion and Social Capital." (with Mary Daly) Theory & Society 37, 6 (December): 537-566.

Reprinted in: Social Exclusion, ed. David Byrne. Pp. 262-313. Oxford: Routledge, 2008.

2006 "From Kreuzberg to Marzahn: New Migrant Communities in Berlin." (with Wolfgang Kil). German Politics & Society (Winter): 95-121.

2006 "The Social Ecology of Health in New York City," Pp. 139-71 in Community and Ecology: Dynamics of Place, Sustainability, and Politics, edited by Aaron McCright and Terry Clark. Macmillan/Elsevier.

2006 "Social Exclusion." Pp. 4411-13 in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Oxford: Blackwell.

2006 "Disasters." Pp. 1174-1176 in Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology. Oxford: Blackwell.

Reprinted in: Working for Better Times: Rethinking Work for the 21st Century, ed. Jean-Michel Servais, Patrick Bolle, Mark Lansky, and Christine Smith. Geneva: International Labour Office, 2006.

2006 "Food Stamps." Pp. 487-91 in International Encyclopedia of Social Policy. London: Routledge.

2006 "Social Integration in the 'New' Berlin." German Politics & Society (Winter): 1-48.

2003 "Social Exclusion: The European Approach to Social Disadvantage." (with S.M. Miller) Indicators 2, 2 (Spring): 5-21.

2002 "Social Exclusion: The European Approach to Social Disadvantage." Poverty & Race 11, 5 (September/October): 1-14.

2001 "Dominicans in Providence: Transnational Intermediaries and Community Institution Building." Focaal/European Journal of Anthropology 38: 103-123.

1997 "Dual Cities? Sectoral Shifts and Metropolitan Income Inequality, 1980-1990". (with Regina Bures). Service Industries Journal 17, 1 (January): 69-92.

1994 "Social Exclusion and Social Solidarity." International Labour Review 133, nos. 5-6: 531-78.

1994 "Flexible Work and Housework: Work and Family Constraints on Women's Domestic Labor." (with Frances Goldscheider). Social Forces 72, 4 (June): 1103-19.

1993 "Homework and Domestic Work." Sociological Forum 8, 2 (June): 181-204.

1993 "National Conceptions of the New Urban Poverty: A Comparison of Britain, France, and the United States." International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 17, 3 (September): 336-54.

1992 "Race and Job Dismissals in a Federal Bureaucracy." (with Craig Zwerling) American Sociological Review 57 (October): 651-60.

research overview

Professor Silver's research interests include urban poverty, housing and homelessness, neighborhood change, unemployment, and social policies in Western Europe.

research statement

In 2012, Silver worked on a comparison of migrants in two neighborhoods of Berlin, a new film on homelessness in Rhode Island, a study of Coop City, and her forthcoming book, Social Exclusion (Polity Press). She also consulted for the World Bank on social inclusion policies.

funded research

"The Greenhouse Compact," Ford Foundation

"Why Low-Income, Limited-Equity Cooperatives Succeed or Fail," Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation

"Privatizing European Welfare States," Institute for International Studies, Brown University (Travel grant to Paris and the Hague)

"Metropolitan Restructuring, Neighborhood Change, and Concentrated Poverty" (with Michael J. White), National Science Foundation

"Women's Family Constraints and Flexible Employment" (with Frances Goldscheider), National Science Foundation

"Comparative Trends in Flexible Employment and Poverty," CNRS, France

"Theories of Social Exclusion" and "Exclusion in France, Britain, and the U.S.A.," International Institute for Labour Studies, International Labour Office, Geneva

"Race and Job Dismissals in the Federal Government," Office of Personnel Management, U.S. Government

"Policies to Combat Social Exclusion," Democratic Dialogue, Belfast, No. Ireland

Wayland Collegium Study Group grant on "Providence"

"Contracting between the State of Rhode Island and Minority- and Women-Owned Businesses: A Predicate Study" (with Louise Jezierski), Office of the Governor

"The Dynamics of Food Stamp Participation: Personal and Program Effects on Spell Duration and Episodes" (with Edith Barrett), United States Department of Agriculture and Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Social Exclusion in the U.S. and France: Work with the General Social Survey and European Household Panel Survey," Laboratoire de Sociologie Quantitative, ENSAE, INSEE (French Census Bureau), May-July

"Social Disruptions, Inequality, and Health," Institut National d'Etudes Demographiques and UNESCO

"Social Disruptions, Inequality, and Health," conference organization grant, Watson Institute for International Studies, Brown University

"Social Disruptions, Inequality, and Health," Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program seed grant ($10,000)

"New Immigrants in Urban New England," workshop grant, Center for Race and Ethnicity in America, Brown University

Study group grant, "Social Exclusion and Inclusion in an Expanded Europe," Center for European Studies, Harvard University ($3,500 annually)

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst [DAAD] conference grant on "Social Inclusion in the New Berlin" ($4,000)

Rhode Island Council for the Humanities (NEH), Public Media Project grant ($10,000)

Rhode Island Public Television and R.I. Council for the Humanities, short film initiative on "Here at Home: What Divides Us? What Unites Us?" ($1,000)

"Social Exclusion and Poverty Dynamics," Chronic Poverty Research Centre and Global Poverty Research Group, School of Environment and Development, University of Manchester ($10,000)

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst [DAAD], visiting research grant ($11,500)

Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst [DAAD] and WissenschaftsZentrum Berlin, visiting research grant

RI Council for the Humanities/National Endowment for the Humanities