Chad R. Farrell, Ph.D.

Chad R. Farrell

Associate Professor
Office: SSB 373
Phone: 786-1759


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Pennsylvania State University, 2005
  • M.A., Sociology, Pennsylvania State University, 1996
  • B.A., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1994

Teaching Responsibilities

  • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101)
  • Demography (SOC 307)
  • Urban Sociology (SOC 309)
  • Social Science Research Methods (SOC/PS 361)

Professional and Departmental Service

  • UAA Institutional Review Board
  • Board of Directors, Alaska Institute for Justice
  • Reviewer: National Science Foundation, American Sociological ReviewAmerican Journal of SociologyDemographySocial Science ResearchUrban Affairs ReviewUrban Studies 

Research Interests

  • Urban inequality
  • Residential segregation and diversity
  • Community and neighborhood change
  • Social demography



Articles and Book Chapters

Farrell, C.R. and G. Firebaugh. 2015. “Immigrant Suburbanization and Neighborhood Inequality” (under review).

Firebaugh, G. and C.R. Farrell. 2015. “Still Large, But Declining: Racial Neighborhood Inequality in Metropolitan America Since 1980” (under review).

Lee, B.A., M. Martin, S.A. Matthews and C.R. Farrell. 2015. “A Universal Trend? State-Level Changes in Ethnoracial Diversity Since 1980” (under review).

Farrell, C.R. 2014. “Immigrant Suburbanization and the Shifting Geographic Structure of Metropolitan Segregation in the United States.” Urban Studies (doi: 10.1177/0042098014558537).

Lee, Barrett A., John Iceland, and C.R. Farrell. 2014. "Is Ethnoracial Integration of the Rise? Evidence from Metropolitan and Micropolitan America Since 1980." Pp. 415-456 in Diversity and Disparities: America Enters a New Century, edited by J. R. Logan. New York: Russell Sage Foundation (

Farrrell, C.R. and B.A.Lee. 2011. "Racial Diversity and Change in Metropolitan Neighborhoods." Social Science Research 4(4):1108-1123.

Reardon, S.F., C.R. Farrell, S.A. Matthews, D. O'Sullivan and K. Bischoff. 2009. "Race and Space in the 1990s: Changes in the Spatial Scale of Racial Residential Segregation, 1990-2000" Social Science Research 38(1):55-70.

Farrell, C.R. 2008. "Bifurcation, Fragmentation, or Integration? The Racial and Geographic Structure of Metropolitan Segregation, 1990-2000." Urban Studies 45(3): 467-499.

Lee, B.A., S.F. Reardon, G. Firebaugh, C.R. Farrell, S.A. Matthews and D. O'Sullivan. 2008. "Beyond the Census Tract: Patterns and Determinants of Racial Residential Segregation at Multiple Scales." American Sociological Review  73(5):766-787.

Reardon, S.F., S.A. Matthews, D. O'Sullivan, B.A. Lee, G. Firebaugh, C.R. Farrell and K. Bischoff. 2008. "The Geographic Scale of Metropolitan Racial Segregation." Demography 45:489-514.

Farrell, C.R. 2005. "Sharing Neighborhoods: Order and Disorder in Homeless-Domiciled Encounters." American Behavioral Scientist 48(8):1033-1054.

Lee, B.A. and C.R. Farrell. 2005. "The Sheltered Homeless in Metropolitan Neighborhoods: Evidence from the 1990 and 2000 Censuses." Pp. 285-310 in Redefining Urban and Suburban America: Evidence from Census 2000, Volume II, edited by Alan Berube, Bruce Katz, and Robert E. Lang. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution Press.

Lee, B.A., C.R. Farrell and B.G. Link. 2004. "Revisiting the Contact Hypothesis: The Case of Public Exposure to Homelessness." American Sociological Review 69(1):40-63.

Lee, B.A. and C.R. Farrell. 2003. "Buddy Can You Spare a Dime? Panhandling, Homelessness, and the Public." Urban Affairs Review 38(3):299-324.

Other Published Material

Farrell, C.R. 2015. “Rapid immigrant suburbanization means that for many, segregation has shifted to the periphery.” Invited article on USAPP, the American politics and policy blog of the London School of Economics ( 

Lee, B.A., J. Iceland, and C.R. Farrell. 2013. Is Ethnoracial Residential Integration on the Rise? Evidence from Metropolitan and Micropolitan America Since 1980.” Online report for Russell Sage US2010 project (

Farrell, C.R. Forthcoming. Book review of Phillippe Bourgois and Jeff Schonberg, Righteous Dopefiend. City & Community.

Farrell, C.R.
2007. "Population Distribution: Metropolitan Suburbanization." Demography Teaching Resources Guide, edited by David Payne, Loretta Bass, and Rebecca A. Nees. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association.

Lee, B.A. and C.R. Farrell. 2004. "Metropolitan Neighborhoods With Sheltered Homeless Populations." Living Cities Census Series. Washington, DC: Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, Brookings Institution. (Available online at

Selected Conference Presentations and Colloquia

Farrell, C.R. and B.A. Lee. 2015. “No-Majority Communities: Racial Diversity and Change at the Local Level.”  At the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Long Beach (April 2).

Farrell, C.R. 2014. "The Anchorage Mosaic: Diversity and Change." At the Anchorage Museum, Anchorage, AK (December 17).

Farrell, C.R. 2014. "A Changing State, a Changing City: Diversity in the North." At the Annual Meeting of the Alaska Press Cub, Anchorage, AK (April 27).

Farrell, C.R. 2013. “A Microcosm of America? Ethnoracial Diversity and Segregation in Anchorage, 1980-2010” At the Urban in Alaska conference, Anchorage (March 29).

Lee, B.A., C.R. Farrell, and G.K. Sharpe. 2012. “A Universal Trend? Racial and Ethnic Diversity in American Communities Over Three Decades.” At the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, San Francisco (May 3). 

Farrell, C.R. and G. Firebaugh. 2011. “Racial Inequality in America: Neighborhood vs. Households.” At the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Washington D.C. (March 31).

Lee, B.A., C.R. Farrell, S.F. Reardon, and S.A. Matthews. 2010. "From Census Tracts to Local Environments: An Egocentric Approach to Neighborhood Diversity and Change." In the Spatial Structures in the Social Sciences Colloquium Series, Brown University, Providence (April 9).

Farrell, C.R.
and B.A. Lee. 2009. "When the Majority Doesn't Rule: Racially Diverse Neighborhoods in Metropolitan America." At the Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Chicago (March 7).

Farrell, C.R. 2008. "Racial Diversity and Residential Segregation in a Frontier City: Patterns and Trends." At the Alaska Visionaries Conference of the Alaska Historical Society, Anchorage (October 17).

Lee, B.A., C.R. Farrell, S.F. Reardon, G. Firebaugh, and S.A. Matthews. 2008. "From Census Tracts to Local Environments: An Egocentric Approach to Neighborhood Change." At the Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Baltimore (April 25).

Farrell, C.R.
and B.A. Lee. "Neighborhood Racial Change in the Multiethnic Metropolis." 2008. At the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Sociological Association, Portland (April 12).

Farrell, C.R.
2008. "The Effects of Segregation on Racial Health Disparities." At the EPSCoR Social Science Resilience Group Meeting, University of Alaska Anchorage (March 21).

Lee, B.A., C.R. Farrell, and S.F. Reardon.2007. "Racial Segregation in City and Suburb: Do Patterns Vary by Spatial Scale?" At the Annual Meeting of the Urban Affairs Association, Seattle (April 28).

Reardon, S.F., S. Matthews, D. O'Sullivan, G. Firebaugh, B.A. Lee, and C.R. Farrell. 2006. "Segregation and Scale: The Use and Interpretation of Spatial Segregation Profiles for Investigating the Causes, Patterns, and Consequences of Residential Segregation." At the Annual Meeting of the Population Association of America, Los Angeles (March 31).

Farrell, C.R.
and B.A. Lee. 2005. "Side by Side? The Elusive Goal of Racial Integration in an Urban Neighborhood." At an invited panel discussion entitled "Perspectives on Racism and Discrimination," Anchorage Museum of History and Art, Anchorage, Alaska (November 3).