Ph.D., Sociology, Temple University
M.A., Sociology, Temple University
B.A., Sociology and Communication, Messiah College
Race and Ethnic Relations
My research focuses on urban poverty with an emphasis on issues related to race/ethnicity. I am interested in the mechanisms that both exacerbate and mitigate urban poverty, and the effects of neighborhoods on families. Much of my research focuses on housing mobility programs, including the Moving to Opportunity Study, as a way to understand neighborhood effects and policy implications.
Boyd, Melody L. and Kimberly A. Goyette. 2010. "Moving into Line: The Educational, Occupational, and Family Ambitions of the Youth of Gautreaux II." Sociological Studies of Children and Youth 13(1): 373-398.
Boyd, Melody L., Kathryn Edin, Susan Clampet-Lundquist and Greg Duncan. 2010. "The Durability of the Gautreaux Two Residential Mobility Program: A Qualitative Analysis of Who Stays and Who Moves from Low-Poverty Neighborhoods." Housing Policy Debate 20(1): 116-143.
Boyd, Melody L. 2008. "The Role of Social Networks in Making Housing Choices: The Experience of the Gautreaux Two Residential Mobility Program." Cityscape 10(1): 41-64.
2011 Transition to Adulthood Network Grant, University of Pennsylvania
2010 Dissertation Completion Grant, Temple University
2008-2009 Center for the Humanities at Temple, Graduate Associate
2006 Certificate of Merit in Teaching, Temple University