Kathryn Howell

Kathryn Howell

Assistant Professor

Scherer Hall, Room 511 Phone: (804) 828-7564 Email:


  • Affordable housing
  • Community development
  • Gentrification


B.A., Political Science, University of Georgia
M.A., Public Policy, Johns Hopkins University
Ph.D., Community and Regional Planning, University of Texas


Housing policy, research methods, planning history and theory, race, class and gender in planning

Research interests

Housing preservation and development, neighborhood change and gentrification, urban history, race and class in the city


Washington, D.C. Preservation Network member/researcher, Urban Affairs Association member

Selected publications

Peer reviewed journal articles:

Preservation from the Bottom-Up: Affordable Housing, Redevelopment, and Negotiation in Washington, DC, Housing Studies (2015)

Building Empowerment in Market-Based Redevelopment: Changing Paradigms for Affordable Housing and Community Development in Washington, DC, Community Development Journal (2016)

Multi-sited approaches to planning and affordable housing: Upending the traditional approach to addressing gentrification, under review at The Journal of Planning Theory and Practice (Forthcoming).

When the dust settles: examining the characteristics of stayers in recently gentrified neighborhoods (Under Review)

“For the kids”: Children, safety and the depoliticization of displacement in Washington, DC (Under Review)

Housing and the grassroots: Using local and expert knowledge to preserve affordable housing (Under Review)

Beyond the Nuts and Bolts: Understanding the Means, Opportunities and Mechanisms for Preserving Access to Changing Neighborhoods, (Under Review)

Book chapters:

“It’s Complicated…”: Long-term residents and their relationships to gentrification in Washington, DC (2015) in Derek Hyra and Sabiyha Prince, eds, A Post-Industrial Powerhouse: Growth and Inequality in Our Nation’s Capital. Routledge Press.

Housing and Community (Forthcoming, 2017) in Andrew T. Carswell, Sarah Kirby, Kenneth R. Tremblay, and Katrin Anaker, eds, Introduction to Housing. University of Georgia Press.

Book reviews:

Review of Cities of Tomorrow by Peter Hall. (Forthcoming, 2016) Journal of Planning Education and Research.