Hilary Silver

Hilary Silver

Title:
Professor and Chair
Office:
409 J
Address: Phillips Hall
Phone: 202-994-6899
Email:
hilarysilver@gwu.edu

Areas of Expertise

Social exclusion and inclusion, inequality, poverty, housing, homelessness, urban studies.

Hilary Silver is Professor of Sociology and Public Policy and Public Administration and Chair of the Department of Sociology.  She arrived at GW in 2017 after rising through the ranks at Brown University, where she is Professor emerita of Sociology and Urban Studies.  She is currently a nonresidential Visiting Senior Fellow at the Ash Center of the Kennedy School of Government and has been a longtime Affiliate of the Minda de Gunzberg Center for European Studies at Harvard.  Silver served two terms as Editor of City & Community, the journal of the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association, which honored her with the Lynd Award.

She has been a consultant to major international organizations, such as the World Bank, United Nations, and International Labor Organization, on issues of social exclusion and inclusion, and to the US Government and the State of Rhode Island on racial disparities.  She has held visiting appointments at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, INSEE, and INED in Paris, Centre des Sciences Humaines in New Delhi, Universite de Lille I, WZB, and Tel Aviv, Korea, Oxford, Bristol, Sussex, New York and Columbia Universities.  She has received multiple grants from the Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst [DAAD], National Science Foundation, and National Endowment for the Humanities and RI Council for the Humanities. The latter funded her two films, Southside and Direction Home. In 2016, she held a fellowship from the American Institute of Indian Studies.

 

Current Research

Migrant integration in Berlin.

Education

Ph.D. Columbia University

Publications

Most cited work:
 
Most recent works:
“Youth Exclusion in the Middle East.” The Muslim World 107, 1 (2017): 13-40.
“National Urban Policy in the Age of Obama.” Pp. 11-44 in James DeFilippis, ed. Urban Policy in the Time of Obama.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2016.
 

Distinctions

Robert and Helen Lynd Award for Distinguished Lifetime-Career Achievement, 2016.

Fulbright Scholar to France, Germany, and Israel; Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Academic Visitor at Nuffield College Oxford, Fellow at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Study and Hanse Wissenschaftskolleg.

Classes Taught

Graduate Courses:

SOC 6252 - Homelessness