Projects

Explore a sampling of our projects. The page will be updated as we release new maps and spatial stories.

Population change and school change in the United States. This project uses maps from every state in the United States to explore the relationship between neighborhood racial demographic change and school demographic change. The map depicts population data from the 2000 census and 2015-19 American Community Survey (the latter soon to be replaced by the 2020 census). The map viewer may swipe the maps to see how the population changed. The project also includes maps that show the school racial demographics for 2000 and 2018-19. Click here to explore the project.

COMING SOON! Segregation Now, Segregation Tomorrow, Segregation Forever? Racial and Economic Isolation and Dissimilarity in Rural Black Belt Schools in Alabama. As response to Brown v. Board of Education some politicians vowed to keep schools racially segregated. The most infamous of these is Alabama Gov. George Wallace who declared in 1963, “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” In this project we ask a compelling question: Has the promise of segregation forever endured? We know the policy of separating children in schools by race is unconstitutional, but does it still happen in practice? This project is tied to a research study of the same name. We show that school racial isolation of Black students in the rural region of Alabama remains, but different forces drive these patterns than three decades ago.

View our compelling, stand-alone maps. View these maps to investigate questions that help answer questions like: Where are charter schools located? What are the racial demographics of schools? These maps are not tied to larger projects, but still present important information to the public. Click here to explore the page.