Derek is often invited by universities, national and community  organizations, think tanks, and local governments to speak about affordable housing, gentrification, and equitable, place-based development.

Associate Professor and Founding Director of the Metropolitan Policy Center at American University.

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Derek Hyra is an associate professor in the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on race, housing, and urban politics. Dr. Hyra is the co-editor of Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC (Routledge, 2016) and author of The New Urban Renewal: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville (University of Chicago Press, 2008). He recently completed his third book, Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City (University of Chicago Press, 2017), an ethnographic investigation of the redevelopment of Washington, DC’s Shaw/U Street neighborhood.

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