Mary E. Byrnes was Associate Professor of Sociology at Marygrove College. Dr. Byrnes earned her Ph.D. At the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University where she was a National Institute of Aging Predoctoral Fellow. Her research interests examine the intersection between housing, inequalities, and older adults utilizing visual sociology methods. Dr. Byrnes spent several years working as an activist with Detroit Eviction Defense, an organization that works to stop foreclosure and eviction in the city. She has been published in Aging and Society, Senior Housing and Care, Applied Sociology and Applied Gerontology. Dr. Byrnes is currently finishing a book on aging and housing in Detroit under contract by Brill/Haymarket Press. In addition, she is working on a documentary short about an older kinetic artist who built his home on Lake Huron. Previous to Marygrove, Dr. Byrnes was Assistant Professor of Sociology at Western Carolina University and a Visiting Instructor at Loyola University Chicago.