Deirdre Pfeiffer

Associate Professor
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
5302

Biography

Deirdre Pfeiffer's research focuses on housing strategies in the U.S. relevant to an aging and diversifying society, the outcomes of the foreclosure crisis, and the relationship between housing and health. 

Dr. Pfeiffer's recent research on the outcomes of the foreclosure crisis uses the Phoenix region, an epicenter of the housing downturn, to study how neighborhood foreclosures shaped partisan outcomes in state and national elections. Another of Dr. Pfeiffer's ongoing research projects explores whether low-income renters receiving subsidized housing report better health outcomes and spend less money on health care than unsubsidized low-income renters. Pfeiffer also currently has research underway on two emerging trends--multigenerational housing and the migration of Millennials to urban downtowns.

Dr. Pfeiffer is deeply committed to community partnerships to help solve pressing housing-related issues. Her recent collaborators include the Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities, the Arizona Housing Alliance’s Mobile Housing Working Group, and the City of Apache Junction, Arizona. She teaches courses on public participation in planning, housing planning and policy, and planning methods.

Education

Ph.D. (Urban Planning) University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. (Urban Planning) University of California, Los Angeles
B.S. (Anthropology and Performance Studies) Northwestern University

Research Interests

Housing, aging, health, community well-being and engagement, social equity, and mixed methods

Publications

21. Moos, Markus, Deirdre Pfeiffer, and Tara Vinodrai (eds.). 2018. The Millennial City: Trends, Implications, and Prospects for Urban Planning and Policy. Routledge.

20. Lee, C. Aujean, Karna Wong, and Deirdre Pfeiffer. 2017. “On the Front Lines of Immigrant Homeownership: Asian American Nonprofits during the Great Recession.” Published online in June in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. doi: 10.1177/0899764017713726

19. Pfeiffer, Deirdre and Eric Morris. 2017. “Are Homeowners Better Neighbors during Housing Booms? Understanding Civic and Social Engagement by Tenure over the Housing Market Cycle.” Cityscape 19(2): 215-238.

18. Wegmann, Jake, Alex Schafran and Deirdre Pfeiffer. 2017. “Breaking the Double Impasse: Securing and Supporting Diverse Housing Tenures in the United States.” Housing Policy Debate. 27(2): 193-216.

17. Pfeiffer, Deirdre, Karna Wong, Paul Ong, and Melany de la Cruz. 2017. “Ethnically Bounded Homeownership: Qualitative Insights on Los Angeles Immigrant Homeowners’ Experiences during the U.S. Great Recession.” Housing Studies 32(3): 319-335.

16. Morris, Eric and Deirdre Pfeiffer. 2017. “Who Really Bowls Alone? Cities, Suburbs, and Social Connectedness in the United States.” Journal of Planning Education and Research. 37(2): 207-222.

15. Pfeiffer, Deirdre and Scott Cloutier. 2016. “Planning for Happy Neighborhoods.” Journal of the American Planning Association 82(3): 267-279. Reprint forthcoming in Community Planning and Development, edited by Rhonda Phillips and Patsy Kraeger. Routledge.

14. Chamberlain, Alyssa, Danielle Wallace, Deirdre Pfeiffer, and Janne Gaub. 2016. “Housing Disinvestment and Crime in a Phoenix Suburb: Exploring the Differential Effects of Investors and Owner Occupants.” Published online in April in Urban Affairs Review. doi: 10.1177/1078087416640126

13. Pfeiffer, Deirdre. 2016. “Racial Equity in the Post-Civil Rights Suburbs? Evidence from U.S. Regions 2000-2012.” Urban Studies 53(4): 799-817.

12. Pfeiffer, Deirdre and Joanna Lucio. 2016. “Section 8 Renters in the Phoenix, Arizona Foreclosure Crisis: Implications for Poverty Deconcentration.” Housing Policy Debate 26(2): 362-379.

11. Cloutier, Scott and Deirdre Pfeiffer. 2015. “Sustainability through Happiness: A Framework for Sustainable Development.” Sustainable Development 23(5), 317-327.

10. Pfeiffer, Deirdre and Joanna Lucio. 2015. “An Unexpected Geography of Opportunity in the Wake of the Foreclosure Crisis: Low-Income Renters in Investor-Purchased Foreclosures in Phoenix, AZ.” Urban Geography 36(8): 1197-1220.

9. Pfeiffer, Deirdre, Danielle Wallace, and Alyssa Chamberlain. 2015. “Is Investor Purchasing of Foreclosures Related to Neighborhood Crime? Evidence from a Phoenix Suburb.” Housing Policy Debate 25(1): 67-90.

8. Pfeiffer, Deirdre. 2015. “Retrofitting Suburbia through Second Units: Lessons from the Phoenix Region.” Journal of Urbanism 8(3): 279-301.

7. Pfeiffer, Deirdre and Emily Tumpson Molina. 2013. “The Trajectory of REOs in Southern California Latino Neighborhoods: An Uneven Geography of Recovery.” Housing Policy Debate 23(1): 81-109.

6. Pfeiffer, Deirdre. 2013. “Moving to Opportunity: African Americans’ Safety Outcomes in the Los Angeles Exurbs.” Journal of Planning Education and Research 33(1): 49-65.

5. Pfeiffer, Deirdre. 2012. “Has Exurban Growth Enabled Greater Racial Equity in Neighborhood Quality? Evidence from the Los Angeles Region.” Journal of Urban Affairs 34(4): 347-371.

4. Pfeiffer, Deirdre. 2012. “African Americans’ Search for ‘More for Less’ and ‘Peace of Mind’ on the Exurban Frontier.” Urban Geography 33(1): 64-90.

3. Patraporn, Varisa, Deirdre Pfeiffer, and Paul Ong. 2010. “Building Bridges to the Middle Class: The Role of Community-Based Organizations in Asian American Wealth Accumulation.” Economic Development Quarterly 24(3): 288-303.

2. Pfeiffer, Deirdre. 2007. “Passing a Mandatory Inclusionary Housing Ordinance: Lessons from San Francisco and San Diego.” Berkeley Planning Journal 20: 77-95.

1. Pfeiffer, Deirdre. 2006. “Displacement through Discourse: Implementing and Contesting Public Housing Redevelopment in Cabrini Green.” Urban Anthropology and Studies of Cultural Systems and Economic Development 35(1): 39-74. Reprinted in Urban Society: The Shame of Governance, edited by Robert Grantham and Levon Chorbajian. Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing.

Courses

Spring 2018
Course Number Course Title
PUP 425 Urban Housing Issues
PUP 525 Urban Housing Issues
PUP 590 Reading and Conference
PUP 593 Applied Project
Fall 2017
Course Number Course Title
PUP 410 Public Participation Planning
PUP 571 Socio-Economic Planning
PUP 593 Applied Project
PUP 598 Special Topics
EPD 690 Reading and Conference
Spring 2017
Course Number Course Title
PUP 410 Public Participation Planning
PUP 425 Urban Housing Issues
PUP 499 Individualized Instruction
PUP 525 Urban Housing Issues
PUP 590 Reading and Conference
PUP 593 Applied Project
PUP 792 Research
Fall 2016
Course Number Course Title
PUP 410 Public Participation Planning
PUP 590 Reading and Conference
PUP 593 Applied Project
PUP 598 Special Topics
PUP 792 Research
Spring 2016
Course Number Course Title
PUP 425 Urban Housing Issues
PUP 525 Urban Housing Issues
PUP 590 Reading and Conference
PUP 592 Research
PUP 593 Applied Project
PUP 799 Dissertation
Fall 2015
Course Number Course Title
PUP 410 Public Participation Planning
PUP 499 Individualized Instruction
PUP 590 Reading and Conference
PUP 592 Research
PUP 598 Special Topics
PUP 799 Dissertation
Spring 2015
Course Number Course Title
PUP 425 Urban Housing Issues
PUP 525 Urban Housing Issues
PUP 593 Applied Project
PUP 599 Thesis
Fall 2014
Course Number Course Title
PUP 410 Public Participation Planning
PUP 590 Reading and Conference
PUP 592 Research
PUP 598 Special Topics
Spring 2014
Course Number Course Title
PUP 425 Urban Housing Issues
PUP 525 Urban Housing Issues
PUP 579 Qualitative Research
PUP 590 Reading and Conference
Fall 2013
Course Number Course Title
PUP 590 Reading and Conference

Honors/Awards

Haynes Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, 2010-2011
UCLA Chancellors Fellowship, 2008-2010
National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, 2005-2008

Service

Arizona Partnership for Healthy Communities, Partner, December 2014 – present
Arizona Housing Alliance Mobile Homes Working Group, Member, January 2016 – present