University of Pittsburgh
March 6, 2012

Racial Residential Segregation Is Subject of March 13 Lecture at Pitt


Sharon Blake


Cell: 412-277-6926


PITTSBURGH—Maria Krysan, a professor of sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, will deliver a free public lecture at noon March 13 titled “Exploring Racial Residential Segregation With a Telescope and a Microscope.” The lecture will be held at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center on Race and Social Problems (CRSP), School of Social Work Conference Center, 20th floor, Cathedral of Learning, 4200 Fifth Ave., Oakland. 

The talk is part of the Reed Smith Spring 2012 Speaker Series. Registration is not required; lunch will be provided. For more information, call 412-624-7382 or visit

Krysan, who also is affiliated with the University of Illinois’ Institute of Government and Public Affairs, is an expert on racial attitudes and racial residential segregation. Her talk will review overall trends in racial residential segregation in the United States and provide a closer look at the factors thought to contribute to these patterns. 

Krysan, who earned her PhD in sociology at the University of Michigan, is coeditor of The Changing Terrain of Race and Ethnicity (Russell Sage Foundation, 2004) and coauthor of Racial Attitudes in America: Trends and Interpretations, 2nd edition (Harvard University Press, 1997). The latter publication resulted in Krysan being named the recipient of the 2005 American Association for Public Opinion Research Annual Book Award. She also has developed and maintains the Web site, which updates data from that book. 

Her research has been published in Social Psychology Quarterly, Annual Review of Sociology, American Journal of Sociology, Demography, Social Problems, and Social Forces. It has been funded by grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Ford Foundation, and the Russell Sage Foundation, where she was a visiting scholar in 1998-99.

CRSP’s annual Reed Smith Spring Speaker Series provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and members of the community to engage in race-related discussions of mutual interest.




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