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MORGANTOWN, WV -

Rachael A. Woldoff, an associate professor of sociology at West Virginia University, has been recognized for her book, "White Flight/Black Flight: The Dynamics of Racial Change in an American Neighborhood." 

Woldoff's work examines urban residential integration and the complex process of racial turnover that occurs in many U.S. cities. She takes readers inside a neighborhood that has shifted rapidly and dramatically in racial composition over the past two decades.

Now Woldoff's book has been recognized by the Urban Affairs Association with the 2013 Best Book in Urban Affairs Award. The award — given every other year for the best book in the field of urban affairs/urban studies — is designed to encourage high-quality research on urban issues and reward cogent writing on urban affairs. 

Woldoff will accept the honor April 5 at the UAA National Conference in San Francisco.

"White Flight/Black Flight" presents a portrait of the life of a working-class neighborhood in the aftermath of white flight, illustrating cultural clashes that accompany racial change as well as common values that transcend race, from the perspectives of three different groups who are living it: white stayers, black pioneers and "second-wave" blacks.

Woldoff earned a master's of arts degree and her Ph.D. in sociology from Ohio State University, specializing in crime and community. She has a long-standing interest in race/ethnicity and urban sociology, especially neighborhood life in African-American and white communities. 

Her past work includes studies of racial/ethnic differences in the effects of individuals' wealth on their neighborhood characteristics. She has also published on the topics of fear of crime, "snitching," the role of crime in father's lives with their children and black students' adjustment to rural, white universities.

Her work also has appeared in Social Forces, Urban Affairs Review and Urban Studies. She co-authored the book, "High Stakes: Big Time Sports and Downtown Redevelopment," which investigates sports facilities as a form of urban redevelopment. Her upcoming book is about the struggle for middle-class housing in Manhattan.