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- Ph.D., Tulane University, 2000
- M.A., Tulane University, 1997
- B.A., Wake Forest University, 1993
- Neighborhood correlates of crime
- Fear of crime
- Drug use and abuse
- “Is the Grass Any Greener on the Other Side of the Projects? Public Housing Relocation and Resident Outcomes in Atlanta, Georgia.” Deirdre Oakley, Erin Ruel, and Lesley Williams Reid. 2013. Pp. 269-296 in Carol Yeakey (ed.) Urban Ills: Post Recession Complexities of Urban Living in Global Contexts. New York, NY: Lexington Books.
- “’It was really hard… It was alright… It was easy.’ Public Housing Relocation Experiences and Destination Satisfaction in Atlanta.” Deirdre Oakley, Erin Ruel, and Lesley Williams Reid. 2013. Cityscape 15: 173-192.
- “Public Housing Relocations in Atlanta: Documenting Residents’ Attitudes, Concerns, and Experiences.” Erin Ruel, Deirdre Oakley, Chandra Ward, Renee Alston, and Lesley Williams Reid. 2013. Cities 28: 203-234.
- “Atlanta’s Last Demolitions and Relocations: The Relationship Between Neighborhood Characteristics and Resident Satisfaction.” Deirdre Oakley, Erin Ruel, and Lesley Williams Reid. 2013. Housing Studies 28: 205-234.
- “The Poverty Deconcentration Imperative and Public Housing Transformation.” Deirdre Oakley, Chandra Ward, Lesley Williams Reid, and Erin Ruel. 2011. Sociology Compass 5: 824-833.