Dr. Paul A. Jargowsky, associate professor of political economy in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been elected to a three-year term as a member of the policy council of the Section on Community and Urban Sociology of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
The ASA is a 14,000-member, non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C. that is dedicated to advancing sociology as a scientific discipline and a profession serving the public good. The association’s Section on Community and Urban Sociology is made up of more than 600 members who explore new social theory and develop empirical research on groups living, working, and communicating across geographical boundaries, including cities, suburbs, and rural areas, as well as electronic communities and other spaces. Jargowsky was a member of the section’s Robert E. Park Award Committee from 2000 to 2002, and chaired the committee in 2001. The Park Award recognizes the best newly published book each year in community and urban affairs.
Jargowsky’s principal research interests are inequality, the geographical concentration of poverty and residential segregation by race and class. He is director of UTD’s Bruton Center for Development Studies, which conducts basic and applied research about the trends and public policies related to urban and regional development. He also is the director of the Texas Schools Project, which uses administrative data from Texas public schools and colleges to study issues in education. Jargowsky is a senior research affiliate of the National Poverty Center, located at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.