Associate Professor of Sociology
Office: 431 Lindquist Hall
Phone: (316) 978-7144
Fax: (316) 978-3281
Chase Billingham is an urban sociologist whose research examines gentrification, economic
development, education, and stratification in U.S. metropolitan areas. His work has
been published in Sociology of Education, City & Community, Urban Studies, and other outlets in sociology, education research, and urban affairs. In published
academic research and in public commentaries in The Wichita Eagle, Billingham provides
a sociological perspective on current issues in urban development and inequality affecting
the Wichita region. Along with introductory sociology and core courses in statistics
and social theory that are required for sociology majors, Billingham also teaches
courses in social inequality and urban sociology.
You can learn more about his research by consulting his vita or by visiting his website or Google Scholar page.
Publications Recent Commentaries In the News
“‘Let’s Milwaukeeize Wichita’: Socialism, Municipal Politics, and the Mayoral Election
of 1911.” Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains, 2022.
"In Search of a Safe School: Racialized Perceptions of Security and the School Choice
Process." The Sociological Quarterly, 2020. (with Shelley M. Kimelberg, Sarah Faude, and Matthew O. Hunt)
"Urban Renewal, Homelessness, and the Birth and Death of Wichita's Naftzger Park." Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains, 2019.
“The Conceptual Pliability of TIF and the Political Rhetoric of Environmental Remediation:
Groundwater Pollution and Tax ‘Decrement’ Financing in Wichita.” In Tax Increment Financing and Economic Development: Uses, Structures, and Impact (2nd Edition), edited by Craig L. Johnson and Kenneth A. Kriz. Albany, NY: State University
of New York Press, 2019. (with Sean Sandefur)
“Within-District Racial Segregation and the Elusiveness of White Student Return to
Urban Schools.” Urban Education, 2019.
“Identifying the Urban: Resident Perceptions of Community Character and Local Institutions
in Eight Metropolitan Areas.” City & Community, 2018. (with Shelley McDonough Kimelberg)
“Waiting for Bobos: Displacement and Impeded Gentrification in a Midwestern City.”
City & Community, 2017.
“Opinion Polling and the Measurement of Americans’ Attitudes Regarding Education.”
Journal of Education Policy, 2016. (with Shelley McDonough Kimelberg)
“School Racial Composition and Parental Choice: New Evidence on the Preferences of
White Parents in the United States.” Sociology of Education, 2016. (with Matthew O. Hunt)
“The Broadening Conception of Gentrification: Recent Developments and Avenues for
Future Inquiry in the Sociological Study of Urban Change.” Michigan Sociological Review, 2015.
“Parental Choice, Neighbourhood Schools, and the Market Metaphor in Urban Education
Reform.” Urban Studies, 2015.
“Middle-Class Parents, Urban Schooling, and the Shift from Consumption to Production
of Urban Space.” Sociological Forum, 2013. (with Shelley McDonough Kimelberg)
“Attitudes toward Diversity and the School Choice Process: Middle-Class Parents in
a Segregated Urban Public School District.” Urban Education, 2013. (with Shelley McDonough Kimelberg)
"How Wichita Picks Its Board Members Invites Chaos, Political Patronage." The Wichita Eagle, August 7, 2022.
"Who's the 'Both' in 'Value Them Both?' Not Pregnant Women." The Wichita Eagle, July 20, 2022.
“City Hall Podcasts Are Fun, but a Poor Substitute for Real Integrity.” The Wichita Eagle, May 24, 2022.
"Wichita Area Has Seen Noteworthy Decline in Racial Residential Segregation." The Wichita Eagle, November 14, 2021.
"Longtime Wichita City Employees, not Just New Hires, Need Raises." The Wichita Eagle, September 12, 2021.
"The Most Important Name You Won't See on a Wichita Ballot this Fall." The Wichita Eagle, August 8, 2021.
"With New Initiatives, Wichita Shows Commitment to Affordable Housing." The Wichita Eagle, December 9, 2020.
"For the Good of Wichita, Clendenin Must Resign." The Wichita Eagle, November 5, 2020. (with Russell Arben Fox and Neal Allen)
"Washington Must Act Now to Provide Direct Relief to Cities." The Wichita Eagle, May 29, 2020.
Four-Part Wichita Eagle Series on Wichita's Public Transit Crisis (September 10-13, 2019)
Part 1: "Can Wichita's Public Transportation System Be Saved?"
Part 2: "After Transit-Reform Fiasco, Wichita Needs to Take Its Cue from the Q."
Part 3: "Wichita Spends Far Less on Public Transportation Than Its Peers -- That Has
Part 4: "The Fix for Wichita's Transit Problems Won't Be Politically Popular."
"Was Naftzger Park Built on Private Land? Not Exactly." The Wichita Eagle, April 3, 2019.
“Navigating the Divide between Urban and Rural in Wichita.” The Wichita Eagle, November 1, 2018.
“Southeast’s Grad Rate More about Discipline.” The Wichita Eagle, May 10, 2018.
“New Laws Will Criminalize Homeless.” The Wichita Eagle, December 17, 2017.
"‘Nowhere’ for Homeless People to Go: MO Banned Outdoor Sleeping, KS May Follow Suit." The Kansas City Star, March 2, 2023.
"Wichita’s Newest Park: A Forced Marriage of Civil Rights and Medical School." The Wichita Eagle, February 12, 2023.
"Save Century II Founder Expands Watchdog Role." The Active Age (Wichita, KS), January 1, 2023.
"Public Parks, Private Profits." The Wichita Eagle, August 28, 2022.
"Kansas Stemt over Abortus: ‘Wat in Andere Staten Gebeurt, Maakt dit Heel Concreet.’"
Knack Magazine (Belgium), July 26, 2022.
"What Will It Take to Replace the Tens of Thousands of Trees Cut Down in Wichita?" The Wichita Eagle, April 17, 2022.
"Despite More Diversity, Neighborhood-Level Segregation Still Exists." KAKE-TV, February
"Wichita Police Officers Raise Concerns in Focus Groups, Blame Leaders for Some Problems." The Wichita Eagle, January 16, 2022.
"Are Local Elections Becoming Nonpartisan in Name Only?" The Journal: A Civic Issues Magazine, October 27, 2021.
"Grievance Envy Discounts the Oppressed While Denying Them Justice." Kansas Reflector, September 20, 2021.
"Critical Race Theory in Kansas: Anti-American Indoctrination? Or Political Scare
Tactic?" Kansas Reflector, July 28, 2021.
"How Should the City Spend Its Federal COVID Recovery Dollars? Wichitans Weigh In." The Wichita Beacon, July 27, 2021.
"Who's Behind the Mysterious Proposal for Wichita's Riverfront? Details Start to Emerge."
The Wichita Eagle, July 4, 2021.
"Wichita Officials Drop 'Friends' from Ethics Proposal." The Wichita Eagle, April 28, 2021.
"Textron Aviation Workers Hold Rally as Contract Deadline Approaches." KWCH-TV, September
"The Role of Police in Gentrification." The Appeal, August 4, 2020.
"We Need to Talk about Racism in Schools." The Hill, June 29, 2020.
"Naftzger Park Namesake Misspelled in Poem." The Wichita Eagle, March 12, 2020.
"Wichita Plans to Reduce Lanes on Douglas for Bike, Scooter Experiment." The Wichita Eagle, October 20, 2019.
"The Case for Raising Kids in the City." Vox, September 16, 2019.
"Wichita Planning to Lease Some Naftzger Park Land to Restaurants for Private Outdoor
Dining." The Wichita Eagle, September 7, 2019.
"Democratic Candidates' School Integration Plans, Explained." Vox, July 3, 2019.
"Parents Are Biased against Even Quality 'Urban' Schools." The Atlantic, December 12, 2018.
“Lee County Voters Elect First African-American to School Board.” The News-Press (Fort Myers, FL), November 7, 2018.
“Should City Make the Homeless Leave Downtown Wichita Park?” The Wichita Eagle, June 25, 2017.
“Wichita’s 50-Year Effort to Rid Naftzger Memorial Park of Homeless People.” The Wichita Eagle, June 25, 2017.
“The Privilege of School Choice: When Given the Chance, Will Wealthy Parents Ever
Choose to Desegregate Schools?” The Atlantic, April 25, 2017.
Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson. “Can an Inner City School District Attract and Retain Middle Class Families?” WDET
Radio, March 16, 2016.
“Schools’ Racial Balance a Concern.” The Wichita Eagle, January 24, 2016.