Stephen Sills

Director of the Center for Housing and Community Studies; Sociology

Office: 3605 MHRA

Dr. Stephen Sills is a community-engaged scholar and 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. In 2015, Sills founded CHCS, a transdisciplinary research organization under the UNCG Office of Research and Engagement. His recent projects include: a multi-year formative/summative evaluation of a USDA Local Food Promotion Program developing food entrepreneurship in low-income communities; technical assistance to SAMSHA Partnerships for Success (PFS) grantees in rural communities to address behavioral health disparities in opioid overdose prevention focusing on underserved Latino and African-American youth; development of neighborhood-level health indicators to guide and evaluate impact of philanthropic projects for a local health foundation (Foundation for a Healthy High Point); the design and implementation of an evaluation of a multi-year neighbor-based collective impact initiative to address diabetes and asthma (BUILD 2.0 Collaborative Cottage Grove); and an oral history project on Latino/a immigrants living in peri-urban and rural mobile home communities; and a recent study of pediatric asthma in low income neighborhoods using GIS analysis of hospital visits and housing assessments, which has led to over $4.5 million in neighborhood revitalization efforts (RWJF/Reinvestment Fund Invest Health Grant). Dr. Sills has disseminated findings to the public on fair housing, residential segregation, and inequitable access to credit and in articles in the local press, as well as at regional and national academic conferences and publication. Findings from his paired testing studies were used as the basis of several scholarly articles including “Unfair Housing Practices in Black and Brown” in Being Brown in Dixie: Race, Ethnicity, and Latino Immigration in the New South (Cameron D. Lippard and Charles A. Gallagher, editors.). Dr. Sills has worked at the municipal, county, and regional level to address fair housing issues, gentrification, affordable housing, and community planning with the Piedmont Triad Regional Council, the Rocky Mount Revitalization Initiative, the City of Asheville, the City of Greensboro, the City of High Point, the City of Winston-Salem and others