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Housing and public policy expert Katrin Anacker to speak at ISU College of Design March 24

March 10, 2016


               Katrin Anacker

AMES, Iowa — Katrin Anacker, an associate professor of public policy at George Mason University, Arlington, Virginia, will present a lecture Thursday, March 24, at the Iowa State University College of Design.

Anacker's presentation, "Analyzing Seriously Delinquent Mortgages in Asian Census Tracts in the United States," will be at 5 p.m. in Kocimski Auditorium, room 0101 Design. Part of the 2015-2016 Contemporary Issues in Planning and Design Lecture Series, her talk is free and open to the public.

According to Anacker, while many aspects of the national foreclosure crisis—including race, ethnicity and immigration, among others—have been analyzed and discussed, little attention has been given to neighborhoods where different Asian subgroups reside.

"This dearth is surprising given the relatively large demographic, economic and social differences, along with the increase in racial diversity among Asian subgroups," she said.

Using Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP 3) data provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development and 2005-2009 American Community Survey data, Anacker analyzed rates of seriously delinquent mortgages for census tracts with a high proportion of Asians—differentiating among different Asian subgroups—in the 100 Metropolitan Statistical Areas with the highest proportions of Asians in the United States, as well as the factors that have influenced them.

"Findings show that neighborhoods with a high proportion of the Hmong, Laotians and Cambodians have relatively high rates of seriously delinquent mortgages, whereas the Chinese and the Pakistani have relatively low rates of seriously delinquent mortgages," Anacker said.

About the speaker
Anacker is the North American editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy, the review editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research and editor of the book The New American Suburb: Poverty, Race, and the Economic Crisis (Ashgate, 2015). Her work has been published widely in the Journal of Urban Affairs, Housing Policy Debate, Housing Studies, the International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, the International Journal of Housing Policy, Urban Geography and Housing and Society. Her work has been supported by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Urban Land Institute, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis at Ohio State University, Lambda Alpha International and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy. She holds a PhD in city and regional planning from Ohio State University.

Prior to joining George Mason University, Anacker was a postdoctoral fellow and research assistant professor at the Metropolitan Institute at Virginia Tech in Alexandra, Virginia, where she served as co-editor of the academic journal Housing Policy Debate. She was a Fulbright Fellow in 1997-98 at Ohio State.

Anacker's lecture is cosponsored by the Department of Community and Regional Planning and the College of Design.

Ted Grevstad-Nordbrock, Community and Regional Planning, (515) 294-2528,
Heather Sauer, Design Communications, (515) 294-9289,