Samantha (Sam) Friedman (1997)


Current Position: Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Albany, SUNY

Brief Bio: Dr. Friedman’s research focuses on housing market discrimination, racial and ethnic segregation, and the neighborhood attainment of racial and ethnic groups by nativity, generation, socioeconomic status, and familial status.  She is currently studying the impact of housing on asthma and the association between disability status and housing and neighborhood conditions.  Dr. Friedman will be on sabbatical  (2014-2015) on a Fulbright fellowship doing a comparative study of residential segregation by socioeconomic status between Turkey and the U.S.  She was the lead author of the HUD-sponsored study, An Estimate of Housing Discrimination against Same-Sex Couples.  Also she was co-author of The Housing Divide: How Generations of Immigrants Fare in New York’s Housing Market (2007) and has published articles in several journals including Demography, Social Problems, Social Science Research, and Urban Studies.

Penn State’s Demography Program: I am a proud Penn State graduate.  The program provides excellent training in sociology and demography as evidenced by the national and international visibility of its alumni.


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