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CSDE Trainee Spotlight: Maxine Wright

Posted: 10/12/2020 (CSDE Research)

How does neighborhood change influence an individual’s wellbeing? What does this mean for their mental health? How do processes of urban displacement complicate our understanding of the neighborhood effects health framework? These are the types of questions that CSDE Trainee Maxine K. Wright aims to explore.

Maxine received her B.A. in Philosophy, Neuroscience, and Psychology, an interdisciplinary program at Washington University in St. Louis and is currently a PhD student in the Department of Sociology at the University of Washington, working on her M.A. under the supervision of CSDE Affiliate and Professor of Sociology Jerald R. Herting. As a BIPOC scholar, Maxine is committed to applied research and using her research to empower the communities she studies in order to facilitate change. She takes an interdisciplinary and mixed-methods approach to her sociological research, and benefited from the mentorship of CSDE Director Sara Curran, particularly with regards to qualitative methods. She is a trainee in CSDE’s Graduate Certificate in Demographic Methods.

This year, Maxine is providing crucial support for CSDE as the organizer of CSDE Lightning Talks & Poster Session for Fall quarter. And don’t forget! CSDE trainees and other graduate students can submit project proposals for this quarter’s Lightning Talks & Poster Session HERE by Friday, October 23rd!

In addition to her academic research, Maxine is also involved with the Seattle/King County Public Health Department’s Communities of Opportunity initiative, which aims to generate sustainable solutions to disparities in housing, health, employment, and connectedness. In addition, she staffs the Seattle/King County Cities and Counties Fines and Fees Justice coalition, an ongoing grant funded by PolicyLink to mitigate the deleterious impacts of legal financial obligations on low-income communities of color.