Urban Poverty and Public Policy
Fall 2019 - This class gives an introduction to how US federal policy - both before and after the passage of the Civil Rights Act - engineered, permitted, and maintained residential segregation. It also explained the mechanisms by which segregation intensifies and perpetuates economic and social inequalities. It felt like information that *should* be common knowledge, but might not be. Professor Kaufmann's teaching style was engaging and very accessible. Grading was straightforward, generous, and all expectations were crystal clear -- there was no busywork and to do well on exams you had to understand the main points covered, as emphasized by her lectures, rather than memorize many unimportant details. Because Professor Kaufmann was friendly and supportive, students shared their personal experiences, which made the class even more interesting and thought-provoking.