Dr. Desiree Fields (PhD Graduate Center, CUNY, 2013) is a visiting assistant professor in the Urban Studies department at Queens College for 2013-2014. Fields received the Alma H. Young Emerging Scholar Award from the Urban Affairs Association in 2013. Her research concerns the rise of financial markets, actors and imperatives as a process of contemporary urban change, with a focus on how this financialization impacts local housing market dynamics. Fields is especially interested in the role of financialization in reproducing social and spatial inequalities and how the practice of activists and community organizations might work to contest these dynamics. She has an article forthcoming on these questions in the Journal of Urban Affairs, based on her recent research on private equity real estate investment in New York’s rent-regulated housing. In past work, Fields addressed the social, public health and policy implications of the foreclosure crisis. A 2009 publication based on that research was awarded Best Article of the Year in the Journal of Urban Affairs. Her work has also appeared in Housing Policy Debate; Journal of Urban Health; Housing, Theory and Society; and Emotion, Space and Society.
Fields is currently starting to investigate the role of institutional investors in the production of post-foreclosure landscapes through the conversion of foreclosed single-family homes to rental properties, and has been collaborating with the national Right to the City alliance to incorporate these concerns into their Homes for All campaign.
Dr. Fields teaches the Community Organization course and Urban Poverty and Affluence, and will offer a housing course in spring 2014.