September 2022 – August 2023
Rahim Kurwa is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Justice and the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois Chicago. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Kurwa’s research is focused on how municipalities use policing to reproduce racial segregation in an era governed by fair housing law. His work explores the history and consequences of the policing of subsidized housing, and the work of tenants and legal advocates to resist that policing. He is currently writing a manuscript exploring these topics, titled Apartheid’s Afterlives: Policing Black Life in the Antelope Valley.
Kurwa’s work appears in numerous academic publications, including City and Community, Du Bois Review, Feminist Formations, Housing Policy Debate, and Surveillance and Society. In 2018, Kurwa served as the California Poverty and Socioeconomic Inequality Fellow with the Blum Initiative on Global and Regional Poverty at the University of California, Riverside. Kurwa now serves as the Chair of the Poverty, Class, and Inequality Division of the Society for the Study of Social Problems.