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Melody Boyd

Melody Boyd, PhD

Associate Professor
(585) 395-5661
Office:  205A Hartwell Hall


  • PhD, Sociology, Temple University
  • MA, Sociology, Temple University
  • BA, Sociology and Communication, Messiah College


  • Research Methods
  • Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • Urban Sociology
  • Social Inequality

Research Interests

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.

Grants & Awards

  • 2019 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • 2018 National Science Foundation Grant
  • 2013 Pre-Tenure Grant Development Grant, SUNY Brockport
  • 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

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Last Updated 4/19/22