Roosevelt House Faculty Forum
Op-Eds, Discussions, Writing and Recent Research, Contributed by Roosevelt House Faculty Associates and Colleagues

February 4, 2015

Housing and Gentrification: The Changing Nature of Chinatown

Faculty Opinion Piece. Bill de Blasio’s message in the State of the City speech today is no doubt welcomed by many in the city. Affordable housing is crucial in keeping…  

December 5, 2014

Does ‘Broken Windows’ Policing Work?

In the past week, people across the country reacted with disbelief as grand juries declined to indict the two police officers involved in the tragic deaths of Eric Garner in…  

November 21, 2014

In the Spirit of Thanksgiving

Millions of Americans will sit down next Thursday to enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving meal with family and friends without giving much thought to when their next meal might be or…  

November 14, 2014

US-China’s Climate Agreement: What Lies Ahead?

President Obama and his Chinese counterpart President Xi took a bold step to announce a joint agreement on climate change this week that would cut carbon emissions and reduce dependence…  

October 17, 2014

Are Americans’ Voting Rights Intact?

With mid-term elections barely three weeks away, a bitter partisan battle is being fought not just over the control of the Senate but also over voting rights of ordinary people….  

October 14, 2014

Is a Hyphenated American a Good American? How Being American Has Changed in the Last Hundred Years.

It used to be that Christopher Columbus was the major iconic representative of the Italian-American community in popular culture, but he has since given way to the likes of Tony…  

The U.S. Military Can Battle Ebola

The recent Ebola outbreak has given the global medical community pause as it figures out how such a deadly disease can spread so rapidly across a few countries in West…  

October 3, 2014

Climate Change and Environmental Stewardship

Climate change and its impact has been headline news for several weeks now. On September 21st, anywhere between 311,000 to 400,000 people made their way through Manhattan to beats of…  

September 19, 2014

America’s Inequality

Earlier this week, the U.S. Census Bureau released the country’s poverty and inequality numbers for 2013. Although the poverty rate showed a decline from 15 percent in 2012 to 14.5…  

August 22, 2014

The NYPD: A Work in Progress

The New York City Police Department is a work in progress. It has moved along a winding path of reform for decades. It never seems to get to where it…  

May 16, 2014

Addressing Segregation in American Schools through Fair Housing

Image: African-American students on whose behalf the Brown v. Board of Education case was taken to the Supreme Court  (credit: Life) In a landmark decision 60 years ago, the U.S. Supreme…  

May 9, 2014

Mitigate and Adapt: The Lessons of Climate Change for Americans

Image: Extreme flooding in Florida (Credit: Air Force Master Sgt. Thomas Kielbasa)  The grave impact of human-induced climate change is closer to home than most Americans believe. In a comprehensive new…  

May 2, 2014

Holding Corporations Responsible for their Supply Chains

Photo: A 2013 factory collapse in Savar, Bangladesh (credit: Munir Uz Zaman/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images) A year after one of the worst industrial disasters in the country’s history claimed the lives…  

April 25, 2014

Creating Equal Opportunity in Higher Education: The Role of Affirmative Action

Above: Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor, who called the majority opinion on affirmative action  “a sentiment out of touch with reality.” Image Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images  Affirmative action was once again in…  

April 11, 2014

Combating the Wage Gap: Equal Pay For Equal Work

President Obama with Lilly Ledbetter. (Image credit: In recognition of National Equal Pay Day on April 8, 2014 — a symbolic day to mark how far into the year an…