Faculty and Board

Faculty and Staff

  • Dr. Kim Skobba, Director

    My research focuses on two distinct areas 1) the housing needs of low-income households and 2) the relationship between community development and social capital in rural and small towns. Through the use of a qualitative, biographical method, I study the connection between housing pathways and life circumstances of low-income households. 

  • Dr. Jerry Shannon, Associate Director

    I am a geographer studying how to make urban neighborhoods and food systems healthier and more equitable. My broad interests are in urban development and inequality, geographic information systems, political geography, and place effects on health. More specifically, my research focuses on the role of maps and spatial analysis in shaping our understanding of hunger, housing, poverty, and neighborhood development. I'm also interested in the role of participatory research methods in mobilizing community action around these issues. Within the Center for Housing and Community Research, I assist in developing and analyzing housing assessment data. 

  • Dr. Jermaine Durham, Associate Director

    My research interests include housing and community development, residential inequality, and housing policy. I am an Assistant Professor of Housing and Community Development and the director of the Georgia Initiative for Community Housing, which is the primary outreach of the Center for Housing and Community Research.  

Associated Faculty

Affiliated Faculty

  • Ted Baggett, Carl Vinson Institute of Government
  • L. Steven Dempsey, Office of Public Service and Outreach
  • Sharon Liggett, Archway Partnership
  • Malik Watkins, Carl Vinson Institute of Government

Board of Directors

  • Susan C. Bogardus, First American Bank & Trust
  • Mary Beth Brownlee, Association County Commissioners of Georgia
  • ShaDonte Butler, Federal Home Loan Bank Atlanta
  • Bobby Cleveland, Jr., Fickling & Co.,Inc.
  • Tonya Cureton Curry, Department of Community Affairs
  • Steve Foster, Georgia Power Company
  • Spencer Frye, Athens Area Habitat for Humanity
  • Mitch Hardeman, Hardman-Hobson Waste Services, LLC
  • Bambie Hayes-Brown, Georgia ACT
  • Chris Higdon, Georgia Municipal Association
  • Will Johnston, MicroLife Institute
  • Margaret Lacy, Georgia Association of Realtors
  • Karen Leone de Nie, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Kate Little, Georgia ACT (retired)
  • Rick Parker, Athens Housing Authority
  • Becki Patten, USDA Rural Development
  • Bithia Ratnasamy, Atlanta Housing Authority
  • Thomas Rodgers, UGA (Emeritus faculty)
  • Courtney Smith, The PNC Bank Financial Services Group
  • Ryan Willoughby, Habitat for Humanity Georgia
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