The Center brings together more than 30 faculty members from ten academic disciplines.
Three goals guide the Center’s growth and development:
- Increase Atlanta and urban research and external grant support.
- Assist graduate students in their neighborhood and community research and scholarly pursuits.
- Foster partnerships and ties with community organizations and leaders in order to conduct applied research and community-initiated action programs.
Projects have included research on how racially diverse schools in Atlanta balance equity and excellence; language ideologies and identities in Atlanta; and air, soil and wilderness mapping of Stone Mountain Park.
The program has funded dissertations on how church buildings in Atlanta have been used to foster citizen participation and community cohesion in neighborhoods; how incarcerated Black mothers navigate motherhood; and how local schools affect gentrification.
Faculty and graduate students have presented their research on the history of Atlanta’s Southside neighborhoods, refugee resettlement in Atlanta from a women’s perspective, and racial health disparities in Atlanta.
The Center encourages graduate students across the College with an interest in Atlanta research projects to regularly meet together and with Center faculty to share research findings, as well as to provide a physical space and time for brainstorming and nurturing a cooperative and supportive learning environment.
The Center is building and extending collaborations with local community organizations, funders and civic institutions such as Asian American community organizations, Center Parc Credit Union and the Atlanta History Center.
Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
Georgia State University
Department of Sociology
Center for Neighborhoods and Communities
P.O. Box 3965
Atlanta, GA 30302