Gregory D. Squires

Professor of Sociology, and Public Policy and Public Administration
Address: Phillips Hall
801 22nd St. NW
Washington, DC, 20052
Phone: 202-994-6894

Areas of Expertise

  • Urban sociology
  • Race relations
  • Urban development
  • Racial inequality
  • Community reinvestment


Gregory D. Squires is a Professor of Sociology, and Public Policy and Public Administration at George Washington University. Currently he is a member of the Advisory Board of the John Marshall Law School Fair Housing Legal Support Center in Chicago, Illinois and the Social Science Advisory Board of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council in Washington, D.C. He has served as a consultant for civil rights organizations around the country and as a member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.

Squires has written for several academic journals and general interest publications including Housing Policy Debate, Urban Studies, Social Science Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, The New York Times, and The Washington Post. His recent books include Insurance Redlining (Urban Institute Press 1997), Color and Money (with Sally O'Connor - SUNY Press 2001), Urban Sprawl (Urban Institute Press 2002), Organizing Access to Capital (Temple University Press 2003), Why the Poor Pay More: How to Stop Predatory Lending (Praeger 2004), Privileged Places: Race, Residence and the Structure of Opportunity (with Charis E. Kubrin – Lynne Rienner 2006), There is No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster: Race, Class, and Hurricane Katrina (with Chester Hartman – Routledge 2006) and The Integration Debate: Competing Futures for American Cities (with Chester Hartman – Routledge 2010).


PhD, Sociology, Michigan State University
MA, Sociology, Michigan State University
BS, Journalism, Northwestern University


Selected Publications

Gregory D. Squires, Forthcoming. “Inequality, Advocacy, and the Foreclosure Crisis,” Journal of Applied Social Science

Antwan Jones, Gregory D. Squires, and Cynthia Ronzio, Foreclosures and Health in Metropolitan Areas: Does Racial and Socioeconomic Inequality Matter? Forthcoming, October 2015, Journal of Urban Affairs.

Hyra, Derek, Gregory D. Squires, Robert N. Renner, and David Kirk. 2013.  “Metropolitan Segregation and the Subprime Lending Crisis,” Housing Policy Debate. 23 (1):  177-198.

Hartman, Chester and Gregory D. Squires (ed) 2013. From Foreclosure to Fair Lending:  Advocacy, Organizing, Occupy, and the Pursuit of Equitable Credit. New York:  New Village Press.

Gilderbloom, John, Joshua Ambrosius, Gregory D. Squires, Zachary Kenitzer, and Matt Hanka,, 2012. "Investors:  The Missing Piece in the Foreclosure Racial Gap Debate," Journal of Urban Affairs. 34(5):  559-582.  

Personal Interests

  • Biking
  • Hiking
  • Attending Washington Nationals games
  • Folk music


2013 Lester F. Ward Distinguished Contribution to Applied and Clinical Sociology Award, from the Association of Applied and Clinical Sociology

2011 - Robert and Helen Lynd Lifetime Achievement Award from the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

2009 - Joseph B. Gittler Award for Significant Scholarly Achievement in Contributing to the Ethical Resolution of Social Problems, Society for the Study of Social Problems

2007 - Stuart A. Rice Award for Career Achievement, District of Columbia Sociological Society

2006-10 - Fulbright Senior Specialist Roster

2004 - Urban Affairs Association/Fannie Mae Foundation Best Paper in Housing or Community Development, Charis E. Kubrin and Gregory D. Squires, “The Impact of Capital on Crime: Does Access to Home Mortgage Money Reduce Crime Rates?” paper presented at the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association

2000 - Distinguished Service, Council Member of the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association

1998 - Volunteer Service Award, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council

1996 - U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity Reinvention Award.

1996 - Community Reinvestment Award. Fair Lending Coalition, Milwaukee, WI.

1993 - University of Wisconsin Community Partnership Award (with the Fair Lending Coalition)

1992 - Distinguished Public Service Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

1987 - Outstanding Contributions to Fair Housing in the Milwaukee Community, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council.

1986 - Best Paper Award, Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Gregory D. Squires and William Vélez, "Insurance Redlining and the Transformation of an Urban Metropolis" paper presented at the 1986 Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association

1984 - J. Mansir Tydings Award for most significant contribution to The Journal of Intergroup Relations in preceding year.

1980 - Outstanding Performance Award, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights

Classes Taught

SOC 2169  Urban Sociology 
SOC 6248  Race and Urban Development