Amy Turnbull Khare has worked nationally for the past 20 years as a practitioner, policy consultant, and researcher in the areas of urban poverty, racial justice, affordable housing, and community development. 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.
Based in Chicago, she serves as the Research Director of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities. She leads applied research projects and advises public, private, and non-profit partners around the country with a focus on anti-racism, inclusion, and equity.
Currently, Amy serves as a lead partner with a new public-private, place-based initiative of the Biden administration focused on racial equity, the Partnership for Equitable and Resilient Communities (PERC). Khare is also finishing a book, Poverty, Power and Profit, that investigates the politics urban redevelopment and public housing reforms.
Most recently, Khare co-edited the book What Works to Promote Inclusive, Equitable Mixed-Income Communities, collaborated with the City of San Francisco’s HOPE SF initiative to develop the Racial Equity and Reparations Resource Guide, and co-developed two practical resources on racial equity in housing and community development. In collaboration with the Urban Institute and Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council, Khare completed The Cost of Segregation study, which quantifies the economic costs of racial and economic segregation and advances equitable policy recommendations.
Khare received her doctorate from the University of Chicago 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, as well as featured in Shelterforce, WBEZ-NPR, and other media outlets. She also has written applied policy reports designed for diverse audiences. She previously worked for the Urban Institute and Chicago’s Heartland Alliance. In 2015, Khare was honored by the Urban Affairs Association with the Emerging Scholar Award, presented to one doctoral candidate in the nation. Her work is inspired by her personal experiences as a sibling in the disability rights movement.
Joseph, Mark L. and Amy T. Khare. 2020. “What Works to Promote Inclusive, Equitable Mixed-Income Communities.” Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities at the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, Case Western Reserve University. San Francisco, CA: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.
Khare, Amy T. and Emily K. Miller. 2020. “Facing Segregation: Housing Policy Solutions for a Stronger Society.” Social Service Review 94, no.1: 169-175.
Khare, Amy T. and Mark L. Joseph. 2019. “Promoting Equity and Inclusion through Problematizing Concentrated White Affluence.” Race and Poverty: 50 Years After the Fair Housing Act. Penn Institute for Urban Research. University of Pennsylvania, 15-20.
Joseph, Mark L., Robert J. Chaskin, Amy T. Khare, and Jung-Eun Kim. 2019. “The Organizational Challenges of Mixed-Income Development: Privatizing Public Housing through Cross-sector Collaboration.” Urban Research & Practice 12:1, 61-83.
Katz, Colleen Cary, Elsaesser, Caitlin, Klodnik, Vanessa Vorhies, and Khare, Amy. 2019. “Mentoring Matters: An Innovative Approach to Infusing Mentorship in a Social Work Doctoral Program.” Journal of Social Work Education 55:2, 306-313.
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.
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 15(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.
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