Postdoctoral Fellow, Johns Hopkins University
533 Mergenthaler Hall
3400 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Areas of Expertise & Civic Involvements
Rosen’s research interests include urban sociology, ethnography, poverty and inequality, culture, race and ethnicity, social policy, and social theory.
"Reverse Selection: Landlords and the Sorting of HCV Renters" Poverty and Race Research Action Council 24, no. 1 (2015): 3-7.
Argues that landlord practices combine with structural forces and residential choices to unequally sort renters across urban space.
"Rigging the Rules of the Game: How Landlords Geographically Sort Low-Income Renters" City & Community 13, no. 4 (2014): 310-340.
Draws on ethnographic observation and in-depth interviews with 20 landlords and 82 residents in Baltimore, examining their engagement with the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, to argue that landlords’ strategic implementations of voucher rules contribute to residential sorting patterns.
"Beyond the Culture of Poverty: Meaning-Making among Low-Income Population around Family, Neighborhood, and Work" (with Monica Bell, Nathan Fosse, and Michèle Lamont), in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Race, Ethnicity and Nationalism, edited by John Stone, Rutledge Dennis, Polly Rizova, and Anthony Smith (Wiley, 2014).
Explores the place of culture in studies of American low-income populations in three important areas of social life: family, neighborhood, and work. Describes scholarship that has incorporated culture concepts from cultural sociology, as well as other approaches to culture, to illuminate crucial aspects of social processes related to poverty considered as an explanans or an explanandum.
"A ‘Perversion’ of Choice: Sex Work Offers Just Enough in Chicago’s Urban Ghetto" (with Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh). Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 37, no. 4 (2008): 417-441.
Uses in-depth interviews and participant observation of Chicago's sex work economy to argue that sex work is one constituent part of an overall low-wage, off-the-books economy of resource exchange among individuals in a bounded geographic setting.
"Legal Innovation and the Control of Gang Behavior" (with Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh). Annual Review of Law and Social Science 3 (2007): 255-270.
Considers one of the most prominent methods of combating gang activity in the second half of the last century, namely the deployment of legal strategies to prevent gang formation and intervene in existing gang structures.