Dr. Stephen J. Sills, Professor of Sociology

Director Center for Housing and Community Studies



Dr. Stephen Sills is a Community-Engaged Scholar and Full Professor of Sociology. He received a B.A. in Spanish from UNCG, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from Arizona State University. His early work focused on global migration, immigrant access to health and social services, and social support networks for marginalized people working often in Southeast Asia. For the last fourteen years, Dr. Stephen Sills has conducted housing research in North Carolina. Dr. Sills has served as the principal investigator, co-principal investigator, evaluator, and methodological consultant on over 100 applied and community-engaged projects. Dr. Sills often uses Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) frameworks such as Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), Participant Action Research (PAR), and methods such as PhotoVoice (PV), Community Asset Mapping (CAM), and Community Action Planning (CAP) to leverage community resources to empower residents. He has been part of a “living laboratory” model of collaboration formalized in a partnership between UNCG and Guilford County Government through the MetroLab Network. This partnership has been used to identify community issues (including eviction, homelessness, and substance use) that can be solved through innovative research, development, and deployment (RD&D).

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