Carolyn Burnett Swope

Carolyn Swope is a Doctoral Student in Urban Planning at Columbia GSAPP, and also holds an MPH in Sociomedical Sciences from Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. Broadly, her research interests focus on the relationship between housing and health disparities, with particular attention to historical housing policies producing present-day housing inequities. Her dissertation research examines how gentrification is constituted in the context of other forms of racialized dispossession, and the implications for how gentrification impacts residents' health. Other projects examine the problematic use of public health in justifying inequitable historical housing processes, such as urban renewal, as well as the durable health impacts of these processes.

Research Interests

environmental health
place-based interventions
urban equity
urban health
urban planning
urban policy


American Community Survey (ACS)