Sophonie Joseph, M.U.P. ’10, awarded grant to conduct thesis research on West Indian Assimilation Patterns

Second-year Master of Urban Planning student Sophonie Joseph received a UM Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant to fund her master’s thesis entitled, “Have West Indians’ Spatial Assimilation Patterns in South Florida Changed?” As part of her research, Joseph will use a spatial assimilation model, together with a theoretical framework that assesses the primacy of race and ethnic identity, to analyze variations in the residential segregation patterns of West Indians in the Miami metropolitan area.

Joseph will use the grant to conduct interviews with West Indian residents and community development corporations in South Florida to further explore residency patterns she finds in her quantitative analysis.