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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.

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

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Derek Hyra is a professor in the Department of Public Administration and Policy within the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research focuses on processes of neighborhood change, with an emphasis on housing, urban politics, and race. 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) and Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City (University of Chicago Press 2017). He just completed his fourth manuscript, Roots of the Revolts: Ferguson, Baltimore, and Beyond (University of California Press, 2024).

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