Lydia Wileden is a PhD Candidate in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on measuring neighborhood reputation and documenting processes of neighborhood choice and neighborhood change. She is a research associate on the Detroit Metro Area Communities Study. Prior to starting her PhD, Wileden worked in Congress for the Office of the Democratic Leader and later worked for a government funded-nonprofit developing strategies to spur investment in blighted communities. She completed her B.A. in Urban Studies at Barnard College in New York.