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Dr. Anita Zuberi is an Associate 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 housing policy in shaping the health and well-being of low-income households.  She partners with local government agencies and community organizations to address issues of social injustice facing those who are most marginalized in society, specifically in the areas of poverty, housing, and social policy. Her research involves a mix of qualitative and quantitative methodological approaches, community-engagement, and evaluation.  She received a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation to support her research exploring the experiences of landlords working with the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program to improve housing opportunity for low-income households. Dr. Zuberi also worked with the local organization, Bethlehem Haven, to evaluate their Medical Respite program that provides care for individuals who are without safe or stable housing. This research informs her teaching, which includes courses on Sociological Research Methods, Social Problems & Social Policy, and Human Services.


  • 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





  • 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
  • SOCI 219 - Introduction to Human Services
  • 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)