Chinyere Agbai is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Sociology at Brown University. Her research seeks to uncover the roots of the racial wealth gap in homeownership and explore their consequences for racial inequality in wealth and health. More broadly, her work is concerned with the linkages between urban inequality, the racial wealth gap, public policy, the welfare state, structural racism, and the social determinants of health. Her dissertation explores the historical roots of the contemporary racial wealth gap through the lens of one of the largest housing policies in American history: the GI Bill of 1944.
Her ongoing projects explore how the World War II GI Bill impacted racial inequality in wealth; the extent to which wealth is linked to COVID-19 deaths; and the relationship between duration of residence in gentrifying neighborhoods and health. Her work has been funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Research Scholars Program and the NIH NICHD. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.