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Deirdre Pfeiffer

Deirdre Pfeiffer

Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning
Arizona State University
PO Box 855302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302


  • Assistant Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Deirdre Pfeiffer researches the effect of housing planning and policymaking on the socioeconomic mobility of diverse racial groups. Her dissertation addressed the experiences of African Americans who moved from inner city to exurban Los Angeles, with a particular interest in how the move affected their housing, employment, educational opportunity, and safety. She is in the process of expanding the research by examining the effects of exurban growth on racial inequality in neighborhood conditions nationwide. Dr. Pfeiffer also has a strong interest in the neighborhood outcomes of the recent foreclosure crisis. She is currently studying the factors affecting how long foreclosures remain vacant and to whom they are eventually sold in majority Latino Southern California communities


  • PhD, Urban Planning, University of California-Los Angeles, 2011
  • MA, Urban Planning, Housing Policies and Development, University of California-Los Angeles, 2007
  • BS, Anthropology and Performance Studies, Northwestern University, 2005

Journal Articles


Pfeiffer, D. and S. Cloutier. 2016. Planning for happy neighborhoods. Journal of the American Planning Association 82(3):267-279. DOI: 10.1080/01944363.2016.1166347. (link )

Pfeiffer, D. and J. D. Lucio. 2016. Section 8 renters in the Phoenix, Arizona, foreclosure crisis: Implications for poverty deconcentration. Housing Policy Debate 26(2):362-379. DOI: 10.1080/10511482.2015.1091367. (link )


Cloutier, S. and D. Pfeiffer. 2015. Sustainability through happiness: A framework for sustainable development. Sustainable Development 23(5):317-327. DOI: 10.1002/sd.1593. (link )

Pfeiffer, D. and J. D. Lucio. 2015. An unexpected geography of opportunity in the wake of the foreclosure crisis: Low-income renters in investor-purchased foreclosures in Phoenix, Arizona. Urban Geography 36(8):1197-1220. DOI: 10.1080/02723638.2015.1053201. (link )

Book Chapters


Pfeiffer, D. and G. Pearthree. 2018. Is The real estate industry cementing Millennials’ residence in urban cores and central cities? Insights from Phoenix and Houston. Pp. Chapter 10 In: Moos, M., D. Pfeiffer and T. Vinodral eds., The Millennial City: Trends, Implications, and Prospects for Urban Planning and Policy. Routledge. ISBN: 9781138631236.


Cloutier, S. and D. Pfeiffer. 2017. Happiness: An alternative objective for sustainable community development. Pp. 85-96 In: Phillips, R. and C. Wong eds., Handbook of Community Well-Being Research. Springer Netherlands. ISBN: 978-94-024-0876-8.



Larson, K., R. Andrade, A. York, D. Childers, P. Coseo, S. Earl, M. Ehlenz, N. Grimm, S. Hall, S. Harlan, D. Hondula, S. Lerman, D. Pfeiffer, J. Ripplinger, V. K. Smith, P. Warren, M. Watkins, D. White, S. Wittlinger, M. Wright and A. Wutich. 2017. The Phoenix Area Social Survey IV: Linking Social and Biophysical Dynamics in Urban Neighborhoods. (link )

Pfeiffer, D., G. Pearthree and M. M. Ehlenz. 2017. Cementing Millennials Downtown: Expressions and Impacts. Kinder Institute of Urban Research. (link )