Professor Emerita of Urban Studies and Sociology


Professor Silver holds a PhD in Sociology from Columbia University.  Her research interests includie social exclusion and inclusion, urban poverty and inequality, urban economic development, neighborhood change, and housing, welfare, and other social policies.  Based on her research and teaching in South Providence, her first film, "Southside: The Fall and Rise of an Inner-City Neighborhood," and her second film on chronic homelessness, "Direction Home," aired on RI Public Television. Professor Silver was an Affiliate of the Center for European Studies at Harvard University, Editor of the ASA's urban sociology journal, City & Community, and Director of the Urban Studies Program at Brown.  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 four Fulbright fellowships (France, Germany, Israel), fellowships from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg in Bremen, Germany, the Centre de Recherche en Economie et Statistique, INSEE, INED and EHESS in Paris, School of Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, UK, JNU Institute for Advanced Study and CSH in New Delhi, and and Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  Other grants and appointments she received are from the National Science Foundation, DAAD, International Labour Office, World Bank, Institute for Research on Poverty, Brookings Institution, and National Endowment for the Humanities.  Now an emeritus professor at Brown where she still advises students, she is currently Chair of the Department of Sociology and Professor of Sociology, International Affairs, and Public Policy & Public Administration at George Washington University.

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