Document Type



Doctor of Philosophy


Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Studies

Date of Defense


Graduate Advisor

Thomasina Hassler


Robert Good

Phyllis Balcerzak


This study explores residential segregation in two prominently African-American neighborhoods in St. Louis. It is based on past and current scholarship and examines the impact of historical and current housing and educational policies, consequently creating persistent racial disparities. According to Rothstein (2017), past governmental influence played a significant role in creating what he calls government-sponsored urban ghettos in cities across the United States today. St. Louis has been a residentially segregated city for many years. This study looks at St. Louis-specific research about housing, patterns, educational outcomes, and neighborhood experiences of the interview participants. The responses given by the participants provided the raw data for evaluation. Data analysis involved aspects of Critical Race Theory (CRT) and an emerging Theory of Place. CRT seeks to understand racism within a historical context and how it impacts social and economic outcomes (Matsuda et al.,1993). Place identifies a population within an environmental context characterized by social, cultural, and economic influences and organized by economic and socially systemic forces (Johnson, 2012). In other words, where you live can impact a group's social, educational, and economic outcomes. The study uses a qualitative research approach and narrative analysis for interview data. Narratives give form to the experience by providing the participants a physical dimension to make sense of what has or has not happened (Bamberg, 2010).

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