Anne B. Shlay
Professor of Sociology
Temple University



Anne B. Shlay, Ph.D. is Professor of Sociology at Temple University.  In 2006-07, she was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the School of Public Policy and the Department of Geography at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  From 2006-2008, she was Chair of the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.   She is the Undergraduate Chair in the Department of Sociology. 

·        Biography

·         Research Interests

·         Teaching

·         Recent Grants

·         Awards

·         Recent Articles

·         Recent Book Reviews

·         Recent Monographs and Reports

·         Recent Unpublished Papers

·         Biographical Information

·         Contact Information

Anne B. Shlay will be taking a sabbatical from Temple University during the 2013-14 academic year.  She will be at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.  She has a lovely house in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia. If anyone is interested in renting her house, please contact her at  

Please click below to see some pictures of the rooms in the house. The house has multiple bedrooms and offices, a fenced in backyard, 2 ½ bathrooms, a deck and a tree with a tree house. The house comes fully furnished.  Dates are flexible.


Master bedroom, First office, Second office, Second bedroom, Basement bedroom, Upstairs bathroom, Kitchen, Deck, Backyard and deck,  Living room, Dining room and Front porch




Anne B. Shlay is Professor of Sociology at Temple University.  Her work has been funded by the Jesse Ball Dupont Fund, the William Penn Foundation, the Claneil Foundation, other foundations, and local, state and federal government agencies. She is an urban sociologist with long standing interests in the effects of institutions on inequality through shaping spatial patterns.  Her recent work is examining the politics of rental housing, the effects of Hope VI on gentrification, spatial battles in Jerusalem, and the role of metropolitan development in the Palestinian Israeli conflict.  Recent publications are in City and Community and Cityscape.  With Gillad Rosen, she is writing a book on Jerusalem, forthcoming with Polity Press. 


For the fall, 2006 semester, Professor Shlay was a Fulbright Research Scholar at the School of Public Policy at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She was recently Chair of the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.  She is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Urban Affairs and City and Community.  She received the 1999 Temple University Research Award for research productivity.  Professor Shlay directed the Center for Public Policy from 1999-2003 and is the former Associate Dean for the College of Liberal Arts at Temple University.  She received her Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts/Amherst and has held positions at Cornell University and the Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests

Urban sociology, urban political economy, housing, racial discrimination, housing finance, homelessness, poverty, welfare reform, evaluation research, and Israel.




Jerusalem: The Politics of Space Sociology 3930 Jewish Studies 3900


Urban Dynamics Sociology 0861


Housing and Inequality, Sociology 3250


Urban Sociology, Sociology 3251

Seminar in Urban Sociology: Space, Theories and Research, Sociology 8361


2006-07 Fulbright Research Scholar, Hebrew University, Mount Scopus

2003      Temple University $1 Million Research Club


1999      The Temple University Research Award



Forthcoming. Anne Shlay and Gillad Rosen. Jerusalem: Spatial Politics, Social Process and Political Outcomes. London, UK: Polity



Selected Articles



2012       Anne Shlay. “The Jerusalem Light Rail and Me  Jerusalem Post.


Draft     Anne Shlay. “The Social and Political Exclusion of Renters.”


Under Review Anne Shlay “Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Housing: Rethinking Renting and Owning in Post-Crisis AmericaHousing Studies


Revise & Resubmit Gillad Rosen and Anne Shlay. “Whose Right to Jerusalem” International Journal of Urban and Regional Research


2011      Lauren M. Ross, Anne B. Shlay, and Mario G. Picon. “You Can’t Always Get What You Want: The Role of Public Housing and Vouchers in Achieving Residential SatisfactionCityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research. 14(1):35-54


2010      Anne B. Shlay, Marsha Weinraub and Michelle Harmon.  “Child Care Subsidies Post TANF:  Child Care Subsidy Use by African American, White and Hispanic TANF Leavers   Child and Youth Services Review.  33(12): 1711-1718


2010     Anne B. Shlay and Gillad Rosen.  “Making Place: The Shifting Green Line and the Development of        ‘Greater’ Metropolitan Jerusalem.”  City and Community  9(4) 358-389


2010      Anne B. Shlay.  “Black, White and Hispanic Child Care Preferences: A Factorial Survey Analysis of Welfare Leavers by Race and Ethnicity.   Social Science Research 39: 125-141


2006     Anne B. Shlay and Gordon Whitman  "Research for Democracy: Linking Community Organizing and Research to Leverage Blight Policy."  City and Community.


2006     Anne B Shlay. “Low-Income Homeownership: American Dream or Delusion.”   Urban Studies.



Recent Book Reviews

2012     Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier and Happier. Edward Glaeser. New York, NY: Penguin. 2011 In City and Community. 11(33):332–33

2009     Cities of God and Nationalism: Mecca, Jerusalem and Rome as Contested Cities.  Khaldoun Samman.   2007.  by Boulder, CO: Paradigm.  In City and Community.


2008     Segregation: The Rising Costs for Americans by James H. Car and Nandinee Kutty.  New York: Routledge Press., 2008.  In Contemporary Sociology

2006,    A Right to Housing: Foundation for a New Social Agenda.  by Rachel G. Bratt, Michael E. Stone and Chester Hartman.  Philadelphia, PA: Temple University Press. 2006.  in Contemporary Sociology.

2004     Reclaiming Public Housing: A Half Century of Struggle in Three Public Neighborhoods, by Lawrence J. Vale. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2002 in Contemporary Sociology.  33:64-64

2003     The Color of Credit: Mortgage Discrimination, Research Methodology, and Fair Lending Enforcement.  Stephen L. Ross and John YingerCambridge, MA: MIT Press.  In Journal of Planning Education and Research



Making Place: The Shifting Green Line and the Development of Greater Metropolitan Jerusalem

Whose City: Local, National and International Claims on the Development of Jerusalem

A Brief Synopsis of the Politics of Spatial Development in Jerusalem

The Shifting Green Line: The Institutions that Shape the Definitions and Expansion of Metropolitan Jerusalem.

Leaving Welfare for Employment: The Role of Child Care Subsidies for White, Hispanic, and African American Families.

U.S. Housing Mortgage Markets and Space: Reflections

Research, Community Organizing and Political Change

Child Care and Welfare Reform: Child Care Subsidy Utilization and Effects on Employment

Biographical Information


Complete Vita

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Contact Information

Professor Anne B. Shlay
Department of Sociology

Temple University
Gladfelter Hall, 755
1115 W. Polett Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19122

215.204.7931 (office)
215.204.3352 (fax)