Chad R. Farrell, Ph.D.

Chad R. Farrell

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

  • Chair, Department of Sociology
  • 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. 2016. “Is Immigrant Neighborhood Inequality Less Pronounced in Suburban Areas?Social Science Research  57:161-176.

Farrell, C.R. 2016. “Immigrant Suburbanization and the Shifting Geographic Structure of Metropolitan Segregation in the United States.” Urban Studies 53(1):57-76.

Firebaugh, G. and C.R. Farrell. 2015. “Still Large, But Declining: Racial Neighborhood Inequality in Metropolitan America Since 1980.” Demography  53(1):139-164

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. 

Farrell, 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.
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.” Report for Russell Sage US2010 project.

Lee, B.A. and C.R. Farrell. 2004. "Metropolitan Neighborhoods With Sheltered Homeless Populations." Report for the Living Cities Census Series. Washington, DC: Brookings Institution.