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Jacob Rugh

Associate Professor
Current Faculty

Research Interests

Race and Space, Housing Segregation, Mortgage Lending, Stratification, Latinos, Immigration, Racial Discrimination

Teaching Interests

Race & Ethnicity, Urban Sociology, Multicultural America, Introduction to Sociology, Immigration


  • Ph.D., Public Affairs , Urban Policy, Princeton University (2012)
  • M.P.A., Public Affairs , Domestic Policy, Princeton University (2008)
  • U.R.P., Urban & Regional Planning , Princeton University (2008)
  • B.S., Economics , Latin American Studies, Brigham Young University (2001)

Honors and Awards

  • BYU Africana Studies Chantal Thompson Teaching Award, BYU Africana Studies (2020 - 2021)
  • Alcuin Fellowship Teaching Award, BYU Undergraduate Education and Honors (2018 - 2021)
  • John Hope Franklin Prize, Law & Society Association (2016 - 2016)


  • Society for the Study of Social Problems (2014 - Present)
  • Population Association of America (2013 - Present)
  • American Sociological Association (2010 - Present)

Courses Taught


  • HONRS 227
  • SOC 111
  • SOC 323


  • HONRS 227
  • SOC 323


Book, Chapter or Section

Rugh JS. 2021. From Segregation to Isolation: White Americans in the Age of Trump. Benjamin Bowser and Duke Austin, editors. The Impacts of Racism on White Americans: In the Age of Trump. 3rd editionth ed. Benjamin Bowser and Duke Austin, editors. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 275 [Website]

Rugh JS. 2021. Housing Segregation and the Forgotten Latino American Story. Naa Oyo Kwate, Photography by Camilo J. Vergara, editors. The Street: A Photographic Field Guide to American Inequality. Naa Oyo Kwate, Photography by Camilo J. Vergara, editors. Camden, NJ: Rutgers University Press. [Website]

Massey DS, Rugh JS. 2021. America's Unequal Metropolitan Geography: Segregation and the Spatial Concentration of Affluence and Poverty. Frances Rosenbluth and Margaret Weir, editors. Who Gets What?: The New Politics of Insecurity. Frances Rosenbluth and Margaret Weir, editors. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. [Website]

Massey DS, Rugh JS. 2017. The Intersection of Race and Class: Zoning, Affordable Housing, and Segregation in US Metropolitan Areas. Gregory D. Squires, editor. The Fight for Fair Housing: Causes, Consequences and Future Implications of the 1968 Federal Fair Housing Act. Gregory D. Squires, editor. New York: Routledge. [Website]


Rugh JS, Robinson S. 2021. US Zip Code data: COVID-19 case rates and death rates [N=17,685]. [Website]


Bybee NGd, Rugh JS. 2021. For the Sake of America, We Must Pass Immigration Reform Now. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Management Corp/The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [Website]


Bybee NGd, Rugh JS. 2021. For the Sake of America, We Must Pass Immigration Reform Now. Salt Lake City, UT: Deseret Management Corp/The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. [Website]

Journal Article, Academic Journal

Rugh JS. 2021. From Crisis to Progress: Housing and Latino Youth since 2000. The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. 692(3):46-78. [Website]

Gabriel RP, Rugh JS, Spencer H, Lehmann A. 2021. The Neighborhood Attainment of Mixed-Race Couples across the Black/White Spectrum. Sociological Perspectives. 1-24. [Website]

Rugh JS. 2020. Why Black and Latino Home Ownership Matter to the Color Line and Multiracial Democracy. Race and Social Problems. [Website]

Rugh JS. 2019. Vanishing Wealth, Vanishing Votes? Latino Homeownership and the 2016 Election in Florida. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 46(18):3829-3854. [Website]

Fischer MJ, Rugh JS. 2018. Military Veterans and Neighborhood Racial Integration: VA Mortgage Lending Across Three Eras. Population Research and Policy Review. 37(4):569-589. [Website]

Rugh JS. 2018. Deception, Development, and Democracy. Contexts. 17(1):76-77. [Website]

Steil J, Albright L, Rugh JS, Massey DS. 2017. The Social Structure of Mortgage Discrimination. Housing Studies. 1-28. [Website]

Rugh JS, Hall M. 2016. Deporting the American Dream: Immigration Enforcement and Latino Foreclosures. Sociological Science. 3:1053-1076. [Website]

Massey DS, Steil J, Albright L, Rugh JS. 2016. ‘Riding the Stagecoach to Hell:’ A Qualitative Analysis of Racial Discrimination in Mortgage Lending. City & Community. 15(2):118-136. [Website]

Sanders SR, Erickson LD, Call VRA, Rugh JS, McKnight M. 2016. Healthcare Utilization in the Heartland: How Healthcare Selection Varies Between Rural Retirement-Age Migrants and Long-Term Residents. Rural Sociology. 81(1). [Website]

Rugh JS. 2016. Painting the Whole Picture: Foreclosure Rates among Asian American Ethnic Groups in Orlando, Florida, and Phoenix, Arizona. AAPI Nexus Journal: Policy, Practice, and Community. 13(1-2):1-29. [Website]

Hyra D, Rugh JS. 2016. The US Great Recession: Exploring Its Association with Black Neighborhood Rise, Decline and Recovery. Urban Geography. 1-27. [Website]

Rugh JS, Albright L, Massey DS. 2015. Race, Space, and Cumulative Disadvantage: A Case Study of the Subprime Mortgage Collapse. Social Problems. 62(2):186-218. [Website]

Rugh JS. 2015. Double Jeopardy: Why Latinos Were Hit Hardest by the US Foreclosure Crisis. Social Forces. 93(3):1139-1184. [Website]

Rugh JS, Massey DS. 2014. Segregation in Post-Civil Rights America: Stalled Integration or End of the Segregated Century?. Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race. 11(2):205-232. [Website]

Kuebler MO, Rugh JS. 2013. New Evidence on Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Homeownership in the United States from 2001 to 2010. Social Science Research. 42(5):1357-1374. [Website]

Rugh JS, Massey DS. 2010. Racial Segregation and the American Foreclosure Crisis. American Sociological Review. 75(5):629-651. [Website]

Magazine Article

Massey DS, Rugh JS. 2018. The Great Recession and the Destruction of Minority Wealth. Current History. 117(802):298-303. [Website]

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