Greg Squires 2

Gregory D. Squires

Chair of the Department of Sociology; Professor of Sociology and Public Policy & Public Administration
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Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St.
Washington DC, 20052
Phone: 202-994-6894


Gregory D. Squires is a Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. Currently he is a member of the Advisory Board of the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center in Chicago, Illinois, the Social Science Advisory Board of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, DC and the DC Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. He has served as a consultant and expert witness for fair housing groups and civil rights organizations around the country including HUD, the National Fair Housing Alliance, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, and many others. He also served a three-year term as a member of the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board. In 2012 he was elected Chair of the Governing Board of the Urban Affairs Association. He has written for several academic journals and general interest publications including Social Problems, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, The Nation, The American Prospect, New York Times, and Washington Post. Prior to joining the faculty at George Washington he taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and served as a research analyst for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.  Recent awards include the Lester F. Ward Distinguished Contribution to Applied and Clinical Sociology Award from the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology (2013), the Robert and Helen Lynd Lifetime Achievement Award from the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association (2011), the Joseph B. Gittler Award for Significant Scholarly Achievement in Contributing to the Ethical Resolution of Social Problems from the Society for the Study of Social Problems (2009), and the Stuart A. Rice Award for Career Achievement from District of Columbia Sociological Society (2007). Click here for the details of Prof. Squires's work (Squires CV).

Current Research

Health impacts of foreclosure

Housing discrimination via the internet

Expanding the role of paired testing in fair housing investigations

The impact of inequality on the foreclosure crisis


PhD Michigan State University, 1976



2013. Hartman, Chester and Gregory D. Squires (ed). From Foreclosure to Fair Lending:  Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy, and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit. New York:  New Village Press.

2012. Marcus Raskin and Gregory D. Squires (ed) Warfare Welfare: The Not So Hidden Costs of America's Permanent War Economy. Herndon, VA:  Potomac Book.

2010. Hartman, Chester and Gregory D. Squires (eds). The Integration Debate: Competing Futures for American Cities. New York: Routledge.

2007. Gregory D. Squires (ed). Urban Sprawl: Causes, Consequences, and Policy Responses. Washington, DC: The Urban Institute Press. 2nd printing with new preface by editor.

2006. Gregory D. Squires and Charis E. Kubrin. Privileged Places: Race, Residence, and the Structure of Opportunity. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers.

2006. Chester Hartman and Gregory D. Squires (eds). There Is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class, and Katrina. New York: Routledge.

2004. Gregory D. Squires (ed). Why the Poor Pay More: How to Stop Predatory Lending. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group.

2003. Gregory D. Squires (ed). Organizing Access to Capital: Advocacy and the Democratization of Financial Institutions. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.


Antwan Jones, Gregory D. Squires, and Cynthia Ronzio. Forthcoming. "Foreclosures and Health in Metropolitan Areas: Does Racial and Socioeconomic Inequality Matter?" Journal of Urban Affairs.

Gregory D. Squires, Forthcoming. “Inequality, Advocacy, and the Foreclosure Crisis,” Journal of Applied Social Science

Gilderbloom, John I., Gregory D. Squires, and Margaret Wuerstle. 2013. “Emergency Homeless Shelters in North America:  An Inventory and Guide for Future Practice.” Housing and Society. 40 (1):  1-37.

Hyra, Derek, Gregory D. Squires, Robert N. Renner, and David Kirk. 2013.  “Metropolitan Segregation and the Subprime Lending Crisis,” Housing Policy Debate. 23 (1):  177-198.

Gilderbloom, John, Joshua Ambrosius, Gregory D. Squires, Zachary Kenitzer, and Matt Hanka,, 2012. "Investors:  The Missing Piece in the Foreclosure Racial Gap Debate," Journal of Urban Affairs. 34(5):  559-582.  

Squires, Gregory D. 2012. “Beyond the Mobility versus Place Debate,” Journal of Urban Affairs. 34 (1):  29-33.

2011. Charis E. Kubrin, Gregory D. Squires, Steven Graves, and Graham C. Ousey. "Does Fringe Banking Exacerbate Neighborhood Crime Rates? Social Disorganization and the Ecology of Payday Lending," Criminology and Public Policy. 10(2): 435-466.

2011. Ross, Lauren M. and Gregory D. Squires. “The Personal Costs of Subprime Lending and the Foreclosure Crisis:  A Matter of Trust, Insecurity, and Institutional Deception.” Social Science Quarterly, 92(1): 140-163.

2010. Gregory D. Squires. "Social Insecurity: The Roller Coaster Ride of America's Middle Class," invited Foreward. Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics, and Public Policy, 24 (2): 285-291. 

2010. Gregory D. Squires and Derek Hyra. "Foreclosures - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow," invited and refereed contribution to "Symposium on Obama's Urban Policy, City & Community 9(1): 50-60. 

2009. Nandinee Kutty and Gregory D. Squires. "Shelter from the Storm: The Multi-Dimensional Housing Crisis." New Labor Forum. 18(3): 37-46.

2008-09. Gregory D. Squires. "Uneven Development and Unequal Access to Housing Finance Services." New York Law School Law Review 53(2): 255-268.

2008. John Atlas, Peter Dreier, and Gregory D. Squires. "Foreclosing on the Free Market: How to Remedy the Subprime Catastrophe." New Labor Forum 17(3):18-29.

2007. Gregory D. Squires. "Demobilization of the Individualistic Bias: Housing Market Discrimination as a Contributor to Labor Market and Economic Inequality," Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences.

2006. Gregory D. Squires. "Reintroducing the Black/White Divide in Racial Discourse," New Politics, X (4): 12-15.

2006. Gregory D. Squires and Jan Chadwick. "Linguistic Profiling: A Continuing Tradition of Discrimination in the Home Insurance Industry," Urban Affairs Review, 41 (3): 400-415.

2005. Samantha Friedman and Gregory D. Squires. "Does the Community Reinvestment Act Help Minorities Access Traditionally Inaccessible Neighborhoods?," Social Problems 52 (2): 209-231.

2005. John Farley and Gregory D. Squires. "Fences and Neighbors: Segregation in 21st Century America," Contexts 4 (1): 33-39.

--Reprinted in Jeff Goodwin and James M. Jasper (Eds.) 2008. The Contexts Reader. NY: W.W. Norton & Company. Pp. 456-464.

--Reprinted in Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Anderson (Eds.) Race and Ethnicity Society: The Changing Landscape, 2nd Edition. Belmond, CA: Wadsworth.

--Reprinted in David M. Newman and Jodi O'Brien (Eds.) Sociology: Exploring the Architecture of Everyday Life, 7th Edition. Thousand Oaks, CA: Pine Forge Press.

2005. Gregory D. Squires and Charis E. Kubrin. "Privileged Places: Race, Uneven Development, and the Geography of Opportunity in Urban America," Urban Studies 42, (1): 47-68. To read this paper, click here.

2003. Gregory D. Squires. "Racial Profiling, Insurance Style: Insurance Redlining and the Uneven Development of Metropolitan America," Journal of Urban Affairs.

2002. Gregory D. Squires, Samantha Friedman, and Catherine E. Saidat. "Experiencing Residential Segregation: A Contemporary Study of Washington, DC," Urban Affairs Review 38 (2): 155-183.

--Reprinted in David P. Varady (Ed.) 2005. Urban Spatial Segregation: A Land Policy Perspective. SUNY Press.   

--Reprinted in Marlene Kim (Ed.) 2007. Race, Work and Economic Opportunity in the 21st Century. NY: Routledge.

Book Chapters

2011. Gregory D. Squires. "Segregation as a Driver of Subprime Lending and the Ensuing Economic Fallout," in Rob Silverman (ed) Fair and Affordable Housing in the US: Trends, Outcomes, Future Directions. Boston: Brill.

2011. Gregory D. Squires. "Predatory Lending: Redlining in Reverse," in Myron Levine (ed) Urban Society 15th Edition. New York: McGraw Hill. 15-17. Reprinted from Shelterforce. January/February 2005.

2011. Gregory D. Squires. "While Privilege." In C. McIlwain & S.M. Caliendo (eds.), Routledge Companion to Race & Ethnicity. London, England: Routledge. 231-232.

2010. Chester Hartman and Gregory D. Squires. "Katrina and Kids: The Impact, the Sequel," in Adenrele Awotona (ed.) Rebuilding Sustainable Communities for Children and their Families After Disasters: A Global Survey, Newcastle upon Tyne. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 159-169.

2009. Gregory D. Squires and Jan Chadwick. "From Redlining to Reinvestment: ACORN and the Emergence of a Community Reinvestment Infrastructure," in Robert Fisher (ed.) The People Shall Rule: ACORN, Community Organizing, and the Struggle for Economic Justice. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University.

2009. Chester Hartman and Gregory D. Squires. "Disasters and Community Economic Development: Lessons from New Orleans," in Roger Clay and Susan Jones (eds.) Community Economic Development: A Legal Guide for Advocates, Lawyers and Policymakers. Chicago: American Bar Association.

2009. Gregory D. Squires. "Inequality and Access to Financial Services" in Johanna Niemi-Kiesilainen, Iain Ramsay, and Bill Whitford (Eds.) Consumer Credit, Over-Indebtedness and Bankruptcy: National and International Dimensions. Oxford, UK: Hart Publishing.

2009. Gregory D. Squires. "Katrina's Race and Class Effects Were Planned" in Abby L. Ferber, Andrea O'Reilly Herrera, Christina Jimenez, and Dena Samuels (Eds.) The Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege. New York: McGraw-Hill. Reprinted from Progressive Planning, No. 167:10-11.

2008. Gregory D. Squires. "The Prospects and Pitfalls of Fair Housing Enforcement Efforts" in James H. Carr and Nandinee K. Kutty (Eds.) Segregation: The Rising Costs for America. New York: Routledge Publications.

2008. Chester Hartman and Gregory D. Squires. "The Social Construction of Disaster: New Orleans as the Paradigmatic American City" in Manning Marable and Kristen Clarke (Eds.) Seeking Higher Ground: The Race, Public Policy and Hurricane Katrina Crisis Reader. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.

2008. Gregory D. Squires. "No Progress without Protest" in James DeFilippis and Susan Saegert (Eds.)i. New York: Routledge Publications. Reprinted from Shelterforce XXV(2):12-15.

Classes Taught

Undergraduate Courses:
SOC 1000 - Poverty, Place, and Race: The Sociology of Urban Inequality (Dean's Seminar)
SOC 2105 - Social Problems in American Society
SOC 2169 - Urban Sociology
HONR 2175 - Color and Community: Racial Inequality in Urban America

Graduate Courses: 
SOC 6245 - Race Relations
SOC 6248 - Race and Urban Redevelopment
SOC 6252 - War and the Welfare State

From Foreclosure to Fair Lending

Greg Squires and Chester Hartman have recently published, From Foreclosure to Fair Lending:  Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy, and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit (New Village Press, 2013). In this edited collection, well-known fair housing and fair lending activists and organizers examine the implications of the new wave of fair housing activism generated by Occupy Wall Street protests and the many successes achieved in fair housing and fair lending over the years. The book reveals the limitations of advocacy efforts and the challenges that remain. Best directions for future action are brought to light by staff of fair housing organizations, fair housing attorneys, community and labor organizers, and scholars who have researched social justice organizing and advocacy movements.