Rosemary Ndubuizu is an Assistant Professor of African American Studies at Georgetown University. Dr. Ndubuizu is an interdisciplinary scholar who studies how housing policies are shaped by race, gender, political economy, and ideology. Her untitled manuscript-in-progress historically and ethnographically traces how low-income black women have been affected by post-1970s changes in public and affordable housing policies and advocacy. Her research project also examines the contemporary landscape of affordable housing policy and politics to better understand why low-income black women remain vulnerable to eviction, displacement, and housing insecurity in cities like the District of Columbia. Additionally, her work presents the organizing challenges low-income black women tenant activists in D.C. face as they organize to combat the city’s reduction and privatization of affordable housing.
Originally from Inglewood, CA, Rosemary relocated to Washington, D.C. in 2006 after she completed her undergraduate studies. After a brief stint as an after-school coordinator for an all-black girls youth program in Washington, D.C, Rosemary became a ONE DC community organizer from 2007 to 2010. Coordinating ONE DC’s Right to Housing Campaigns, Rosemary worked with long-time DC residents to demand greater public investments in truly affordable housing. Additionally, Rosemary supported residents’ campaigns to extend affordability covenants on multi-family housing. After she enrolled in graduate school at Rutgers University-New Brunswick in 2010, Rosemary returned to ONE DC to join the Shared Leadership Team in 2011-2012. Since then, Rosemary has served on various SLT committees and she continues to support and facilitate ONE DC’s community learning and community organizing efforts.