Amy T. Khare, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences
Research Director
National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Amy Khare’s research focuses on urban poverty and inequality, with an emphasis on community development, housing and politics. She is particularly interested in strategies that promote inclusion, equity and justice within cities and communities. Khare’s methodological training is as an urban ethnographer, and her professional experiences working in social justice endeavors lay the foundation of her scholarly interests.

With the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities (NIMC), Khare leads applied research studies and program evaluations. In addition, she provides consulting services to public, private and non-profit partners around the country. Khare is co-leading the development of an edited volume provisionally titled What Works to Promote Inclusive, Equitable Mixed‐Income, Mixed‐Use Communities, published as part of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco series.

Khare is currently working on a book based on her mixed-methods dissertation study, Privatizing Chicago, which investigates the politics of urban redevelopment and public housing reforms. Most recently, Khare completed a study with Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council and the Urban Institute called the Cost of Segregation. This project quantifies the economic costs of racial and economic segregation and advances policy recommendations that promote equity and inclusion.

Khare received her doctorate from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration in 2016 and her MSW and BSW from the University of Kansas. Her research has been published in Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Cityscape. She also has written applied policy reports designed for diverse audiences. She previously worked for the Urban Institute. In 2015, Khare was honored by the Urban Affairs Association with the Emerging Scholar Award, presented to one doctoral candidate in the nation.

Curriculum Vitae
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Refereed Journal Articles

Elsaesser, Caitlin, Colleen Cary Katz, Vanessa Vorhies Klodnick, and Amy T. Khare. (2017). Mentoring Matters: An Innovative Approach to Infusing Mentorship in a Social Work Doctoral Program. Journal of Social Work Education. (acceptance, November 2017)

Joseph, Mark L., Robert J. Chaskin, Amy T. Khare, and Jung-Eun Kim. (2017). The Organizational Challenges of Mixed-Income Development: Privatizing Public Housing through Cross-Sector Collaboration. Urban Research and Practice. (online release, October 2017)

Khare, Amy T. (2017). Privatization in an Era of Economic Crisis: Using Market-based Policies to Remedy Market Failures. Housing Policy Debate. 28(1), 6-28. (online release, March 2017)

Khare, Amy T. (2015). Putting People Back Into Place-Based Public Policies. Special issue titled: Urban Policy in the Time of Obama. Journal of Urban Affairs 37(1): 47-52.

Khare, Amy T., Mark L. Joseph and Robert J. Chaskin. (2015). The Enduring Significance of Race in Mixed-Income Developments. Urban Affairs Review 51(4): 474-503.

Khare, Amy T. (2013). Market-Driven Public Housing Reforms: Inadequacy for Poverty Alleviation. Special symposium titled: Mixed Messages on Mixed Income. Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research 15(2): 193-204.

Chaskin, Robert J., Amy T. Khare and Mark L. Joseph. (2012). Participation, Deliberation and Decision Making: The Dynamics of Inclusion and Exclusion in Mixed-Income Developments. Urban Affairs Review 48(6): 863-906.


Doctor of Philosophy
University of Chicago
Master of Social Work
University of Kansas
Bachelor of Social Work
University of Kansas

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In the News

NIMC Celebrates Five Years; Message From Amy Khare
by Mandel School on January 22, 2019