Mark Ellis

Ph.D. 1988, Indiana University. Gender, race and employment, immigration, residential segregation.

Department: Geography
Position: Professor
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Phone: (206) 616-6207
Box: 353550
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Research Summary:

Mark Ellis’s research over the past decade has been devoted to answering two broad but related questions about the geographies of racial and ethnic groups in the US: How and why does immigrant settlement geography change? And how can we understand the dynamics of change in race and ethnic geographies in US cities? In the last decade he has published on these topics in Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Progress in Human Geography, Economic Geography, International Migration Review, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He has two specific projects underway at the moment. The first examines how immigrant settlement geography within the US is responding to the current economic crisis. This is an NSF funded project which started in the summer of 2010 and is run with his long-term collaborator, Richard Wright of Dartmouth College. The second project, run with Steven Holloway of the University of Georgia and Richard Wright of Dartmouth College, examines the ways in which neighborhood geographies of race and ethnicity change in US cities, paying particular attention to the locations of mixed-race households within this residential fabric of race. Funding from NSF and the Russell Sage Foundation over the last ten years has allowed Ellis to access restricted-use census data to map the locations of mixed-race households, model the determinants of their residential location, and to assess their residential segregation. To locate mixed-race households in residential space Ellis and his team developed a neighborhood categorization scheme that defines neighborhoods by their level of diversity (low, medium and high) and group dominance (e.g. white, black, Asian, Latino, American Indian). The research group has implemented this scheme for 1990, 2000, and 2010 census data. The statistical mechanics of this categorization scheme and its visual implementation for the 50 largest metropolitan areas and, eventually, all states is accessible on the interactive website

Recent Publications:

Wright, R.; Ellis, M.; Holloway, S., (2013), Neighborhood racial diversity and white residential segregation in the United States, Social-Spatial Segregation: Concepts, Processes and Outcomes, Lloyd, C. D.; Shuttleworth, I.; Wong, D., Policy Press.

Ellis, M.; Wright, R.; Townley, M., (2013), New Destinations and Immigrant Poverty, Immigration, Poverty, and Socioeconomic Inequality, Card, D.; Raphael, S., Russell Sage Foundation.

Wright, R.; Ellis, M.; Holloway, S. R.; Wong, S., (2013), Patterns of Racial Diversity and Segregation in the United States: 19902010, The Professional Geographer, 130108120114007.

Holloway, S.; Wright, R.; Ellis, M., (2012), Constructing Multiraciality in U.S. Families and Neighborhoods, International Perspectives on Racial and Ethnic Mixedness and Mixing, Ali, S.; Caballero, C.; Edwards, R.; Song, M., Routledge, London.

Chipman, J.; Wright, R.; Ellis, M.; Holloway, S. R., (2012), Mapping the evolution of racially mixed and segregated neighborhoods in Chicago, Journal of Maps, 8: 4, 340-343.

Wright, R.; Holloway, S.; Ellis, M., (2012), Gender and the Neighborhood Location of Mixed-Race Couples, Demography: 1.

Smith, D. P.; King, R.; Ellis, M., (2012), Reinventing US Internal Migration Studies in the Age of International Migration, Popul. Space Place Population, Space and Place, 18: 2, 196-208.

Holloway, S.; Wright, R.; Ellis, M., (2012), The Racially Fragmented City? Neighborhood Racial Segregation and Diversity Jointly Considered, Professional Geographer.

Ellis, M.; Holloway, S. R.; Wright, R.; Fowler, C. S., (2011), Agents of Change: Mixed-Race Households and the Dynamics of Neighborhood Segregation in the United States, Annals of the Association of American Geographers Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 120117112457006.

Wright, R.; Ellis, M.; Holloway, S., (2011), Where Black-White Mixed Couples Live, Urban Geography, 32, 1-22.

Ruiz, T.; Ellis, M., (2011), Turning back the clock? The resegregation of Seattle Schools, Seattle Geographies, Brown, M.; Morrill, R., University of Washington P, Seattle .

Wright, R.; Holloway, S.; Ellis, M., (2011), Reconsidering Both Diversity and Segregation: A Reply to Poulsen, Johnston and Forrest, and to Peach, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37, 167-176.

Wright, R.; Ellis, M.; Parks, V., (2010), Immigrant Niches and the Intrametropolitan Spatial Division of Labour, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 36, 1033-1059.

Ellis, M., (2009), Vital Statistics, Professional Geographer, 61: 3, 1-9.

Holloway, S.; Wright, R.; Ellis, M.; East, M., (2009), Place, Scale, and the Racial Claims Made by White-Minority Parents for their Multiracial Children in the 1990 Census, Ethnic & Racial Studies, 32, 522-547.

Ellis, M.; Almgren, G., (2009), Local Contexts and Second Generation Progress: Introduction to the special issue “Local Contexts and Second Generation Progress", Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 35, 1059-1076.

Ellis, M.; Wright, R.; Parks, V., (2007), Geography and the Immigrant Division of Labor, Economic Geography, 83, 255-281.

Ellis, M.; Holloway, S.; Wright, R.; Hudson, M., (2007), The Effects of Mixed Race Households on Residential Segregation, Urban Geography, 28, 554-577.

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