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Rachael A. Woldoff

Professor of Sociology, West Virginia University

Rachael A. Woldoff is an urban sociologist and Professor of Sociology.

She received a PhD in sociology from The Ohio State University, specializing in crime and community. Her research and publications have focused on neighborhood crime and disorder, urban redevelopment, and racial/ethnic differences in neighborhood attainment, as well as the subjects of neighborhood racial change, gentrification, housing affordability, and creative class cities. Her work has appeared in Social Forces, Urban Affairs Review, and Urban Studies. Her book, "White Flight/Black Flight: The Dynamics of Racial Change in an American Neighborhood," was awarded the Best Book Award from the Urban Affairs Association. Dr. Woldoff received the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award. She has co-authored three other books including "High Stakes: Big Time Sports and Downtown Redevelopment" (The Ohio State University Press 2004) and "Priced Out: Stuyvesant Town and the Loss of Middle-Class Neighborhoods" (New York University Press 2016).

Dr. Woldoff is a Deputy Editor of the ASA journal City and Community and Chair-elect of the American Sociological Association’s Community and Urban Sociology Section (CUSS). Her newest book, "Digital Nomads: In Search of Freedom, Community, and Meaningful Work in the New Economy" (Oxford University Press 2021), examines community, creative class cities, and the rise of remote work.


  • 2003–2021
    Professor, West Virginia University


Recipient of Best Book Award from the Urban Affairs Association and Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Researcher Award