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Sarah Mawhorter


Sarah Mawhorter is a third-year Ph.D. student in Urban Planning and Development at the USC Price School. Sarah studies housing and neighborhood change, with a focus on the demographic forces that shape the housing market. She is especially interested in the filtering process of households moving into and out of housing and how that can contribute to neighborhood decline or revitalization. In the context of the filtering process, Sarah analyzes housing affordability, immigrant neighborhoods, and the flexibility of the housing stock to meet changing housing needs. Sarah used methods from demography, urban economics, geography, and sociology in her interdisciplinary planning research.

Sarah received her Master of Planning from USC in 2011. Before moving to Los Angeles for graduate school, she worked at an architecture and planning firm in the San Francisco Bay Area. Sarah studied art history and English at Carleton College in Minnesota. Claremont, California is her hometown, but she has also lived in Edinburgh, Scotland and Bielefeld, Germany.

Myers, D., Jacobsen, A., Mawhorter, S., & Wheeler, J. (forthcoming). The Evolving Diversity of Los Angeles. In D. Sloane (Ed.), Planning Los Angeles. APA Planners Press.

Myers, D., & Mawhorter, S. (forthcoming). Filtering. The Encyclopedia of Housing, Second Edition. Sage Publications.

Myers, D., Goldberg, J., Mawhorter, S., & Min, S. H. (2010). Immigrants and the New Maturity of Los Angeles. In A. Modarres (Ed.), Los Angeles 2010: State of the City. Pat Brown Institute.


Provost’s Ph.D. Fellowship, USC Graduate School, 2011-Present
Phi Kappa Phi, USC, May 2011
Dean’s Merit Scholar, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, 2009-2011
Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude, Carleton College, June 2006
Phi Beta Kappa, Carleton College, June 2006
Distinction in Art History Major, Carleton College, June 2006
Hyslop-Warnholtz Fellowship, Carleton College, Summer 2005
National Merit Scholarship, September 2002

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