Sharon Cornelissen was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center, and researches the intersections of urban decline, gentrification, and racial inequality in America’s post-industrial cities. She is writing a book about gentrification after extreme depopulation, drawing on three years of ethnographic research while she lived in Brightmoor, Detroit. She is also conducting an ethnography of first-time homeowners in Brockton, Massachusetts, which is supported by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Sharon is originally from the Netherlands and received her PhD in Sociology from Princeton University, and a Master’s in Sociology from the New School for Social Research. Her research has been published in Urban Affairs Review, Theory and Society, and Sociological Forum.