Ph.D., University of Chicago, Sociology, 2005
M.A., University of Kansas, Human Development, 1999
M.A., University of Chicago, Social Sciences, 2000; B.A., Colgate University, Psychology, 1996

Derek S. Hyra is an associate professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Virginia Tech. His research focuses on inner city economic development, with an emphasis on globalization, national housing policy, urban politics, affordable housing finance, neighborhood poverty, and race. Dr. Hyra is the author of The New Urban Renewal: The Economic Transformation of Harlem and Bronzeville (University of Chicago Press 2008). He is currently working on his second book, which investigates the topics of race, class, and revitalization in Washington, DC’s Shaw/U-Street neighborhood. Dr. Hyra’s research has been showcased in both academic journals and popular media outlets, including the British Broadcasting Corporation, Chicago Public Radio, The New York Post, and The Washington Post. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, he worked at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, investigating the predictors and consequences of the subprime lending crisis, and at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he examined the community-level impact of national urban legislation, such as the Community Development Block Grant, the Empowerment Zones, and the HOPE VI program. A former resident fellow of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute, Dr. Hyra has taught at the University of Chicago, Brown University, and the George Washington University. He is also a research affiliate of the National Poverty Center, an affiliated scholar of the Urban Institute, a member of the U.S. Small Business Administration Council on Underserved Communities, and the chair of the Alexandria Redevelopment and Housing Authority.

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