Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology

Call for papers – The Dynamics of Homelessness: Trajectories and Policies

Posted: 11/25/2019 (Conference)

Proposal Deadline: November 30, 2019 

Co-editors Barrett Lee, Dennis Culhane, and Marybeth Shinn seek papers for a volume of The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science entitled The Dynamics of Homelessness: Trajectories and Policies. The volume will examine how the trajectories that people follow into, through, and out of homelessness are shaped by individual circumstances, structural forces, and the interactions between these two sets of factors. Our trajectory-oriented perspective also directs attention to evaluations of programs designed to prevent the onset of a homeless spell, shorten that spell, or end it. We expect that the papers selected for the volume will represent a range of disciplines, methods, and research orientations (theoretical, applied, policy-oriented).

To be considered for the volume, please email a 2-3 page proposal to Barry Lee at no later than November 30, 2019. The proposal should describe your main research questions, their significance, and how you will address them. After initial evaluations by the co-editors, authors of 15 of the proposals will be asked to complete full paper drafts for presentation at a small conference in May 2020. They will then receive reviews from the co-editors and other conference participants, submitting revised versions of their papers by August 2020. Our volume of The Annals is scheduled for publication in early 2021.

Inquiries about the volume can be directed to Barry (, Dennis (, or Beth ( We look forward to receiving your contribution to what promises to be a cutting-edge, multidisciplinary look at how the micro- and macro-level dynamics of homelessness are manifested in heterogeneous trajectories and policy responses.

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Deadline: 11/30/2019