Anita Zuberi

Anita Zuberi

Assistant Professor
McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

519 College Hall
Phone: 412.396.4712


Ph.D., Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2009
M.A., Human Development and Social Policy, Northwestern University, 2006
B.A., Sociology, Johns Hopkins University, 2000

Dr. Anita Zuberi is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at Duquesne University. Her research lies at the intersection of urban poverty, racial inequality, and social policy, with a particular focus on the role of the neighborhood context in shaping the health and well-being of low-income families. Her current projects involve a mix of methodological approaches, including community based participatory research (CBPR), qualitative data analyses, spatial analyses of local neighborhood data, and multi-level models using longitudinal surveys. Her recent study, "The Other Side of the Story: Exploring the Experiences of Landlords in order to Improve Housing Opportunity for Low-Income Households," has been supported by seed funding from the Center for Community Engaged Teaching and Research (CETR) at Duquesne University, as well as a recent grant from the Russell Sage Foundation.

Recent Publications and Grants

Full list of publications at Google Scholar

Booth, Jamie, Samantha Teixeira, Anita Zuberi, & John Wallace, Jr. (2018). "Barrios, Ghettos, and Residential Racial Composition: Examining the Racial Makeup of Neighborhood Profiles and their Relationship to Self-Rated Health." Social Science Research, 69, 19-33. DOI: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2017.10.002

Zuberi, Anita. "Feeling Safe in a Dangerous Place: Exploring the Neighborhood Safety Perceptions of a Sample of Low-Income African American Youth" (2018). Journal of Adolescent Research. DOI: 10.1177/0743558416684948

Teixeira, Samantha & Anita Zuberi. (2018). "Neighborhood Social and Environmental Factors and Asthma among Children Living in Low-Income Neighborhoods: The Importance of Informal Social Control." Family and Community Health, 41, 214-224.

Yonas, Michael, Anita Zuberi, Anna Kasunic, Patricia Bamwine, Stephanie Boddie, Shannah Tharp-Gilliam, & John Wallace, Jr. (2017). "Using Concept Mapping to Explore and Engage Parent and Youth Community Residents around Children's Asthma." Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 11(4): 333-345. DOI: 10.1353/cpr.2017.0041

Teixeira, Samantha, & Anita Zuberi. (2016). "Mapping the racial inequality in place: Using youth perceptions to identify unequal exposure to neighborhood environmental hazards." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(9): 844-858. DOI:10.3390/ijerph13090844

Zuberi, Anita, Waverly Duck, Bob Gradeck, & Richard Hopkinson. (2016). "Neighborhoods, Race, and Health: Examining the Relationship between Neighborhood Distress and Birth Outcomes in Pittsburgh." Journal of Urban Affairs, 38(4): 546-563. DOI: 10.1111/juaf.12261

Ohmer, Mary, Samantha Teixeira, Jamie Booth, Anita Zuberi, & Demi Kolke. (2016). "Preventing Violence in Disadvantaged Communities: Strategies for Building Collective Efficacy and Improving Community Health." Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment, 26(7-8): 606-621. DOI: 10.1080/10911359.2016.1238804

Zuberi, Anita, Rick Hopkinson, Bob Gradeck, & Waverly Duck. (2015)."The Pittsburgh Neighborhood Distress and Health Study: Neighborhood Profiles." A Technical Report for the Center on Race and Social Problems & the University Center for Urban and Social Research, University of Pittsburgh.


2018-2019: Russell Sage Foundation, Presidential Authority Award for Social Inequality ($17,088). The Role of Landlords in Shaping Housing Opportunities for Low-Income Households (PI)

2016-2018: Center for Community Engaged Teaching and Research, Duquesne University,
Seed Funding for Community Engaged Research ($19,926). The Other Side of the Story: Exploring the Experiences of Housing Choice Voucher Landlords as a way to improve the stability of Low-Income Households and Communities. (PI)

2016-2017: Wimmer Family Foundation ($2,750). Support for research on the Pittsburgh Neighborhood Distress and Health (PghNDH) Study and the Landlord Study.

2013-15: Annie E. Casey Foundation's Making Connections Research Scholar Award ($7,500) Low-Income Neighborhoods and Health: Assessing the Influence of Physical and Social Neighborhood Conditions on Child Health (PI)


SOCI 101 - Survey of Sociology
SOCI 106 - Social Problems and Social Policy
SOCI 106C - Social Problems and Social Policy - RATIO Learning Community
SOCI 201 - Sociological Methods I
SOCI 219 - Introduction to Human Services