Melody Boyd, Ph.D

Associate Professor (Sociology), Co-Chair (President’s Council on Diversity & Inclusion)
(585) 395-5661
Office: Hartwell Hall 205 A


  • PhD, Sociology, Temple University
  • MA, Sociology, Temple University
  • BA, Sociology and Communication, Messiah College

Courses Taught

  • Research Methods
  • Racial and Ethnic Relations
  • Urban Sociology
  • Social Inequality

Research Interests

My research focuses on urban poverty with an emphasis on issues related to race/ethnicity. I am interested in the mechanisms that both exacerbate and mitigate urban poverty and the effects of neighborhoods on families. Much of my research focuses on housing mobility programs, including the Moving to Opportunity Study, as a way to understand neighborhood effects and policy implications.