Department of Sociology
Anjanette M. Chan Tack is a graduate student in the Department of Sociology. Her core interest is in processes that generate and reproduce race and class inequality. She pursues these themes through a range of projects, which span the literature on neighborhood-effects, social capital, immigration, and race. Anjanette’s dissertation research uses the case of English-speaking Afro- and Indo-Caribbean immigrants to examine how culture and phenotype affect immigrant incorporation. Prior to her dissertation, she conducted two substantial research projects: The first was an interview study examining the effects of violence on adolescent social captial accumulation. The resulting paper (with Mario Small) is in progress. The second, single-authored project, is a longitudinal study of neighborhood access to grocery stores. Using a Chicago four-decade geo-coded census of grocery stores between 1970 and 2000, Anjanette asks, “Which neighborhoods were were able to attract and retain this essential retail amenity and why?”. She answers these questions using GIS and spatial regression. This paper is being developed with the support of the Urban Fellows Doctoral Program. The resulting paper will contribute to current public health research on food deserts, on business developments in inner cities, and on fundamental research on neighborhood inequalities in access to organizational resources.