Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy
Ph.D., 2011, Sociology,
University of Chicago
617.373.2687 / 856.313.8473
961 Renaissance Park
360 Huntington Avenue,
Boston, MA 02115
Len Albright is an assistant professor of sociology/public policy and a faculty member in the Urban Sustainability Initiative at Northeastern University. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago. His research program focuses on understanding how communities respond to social and environmental change. Current research activities include: (1) study of the impacts of suburban subsidized housing on participants and communities, understanding the mobility process for subsidized housing residents, measuring impact of subprime loans and foreclosures on household wealth (2) study of the community and individual impact of the natural gas boom and environmental change (3) study of issues of collective memory and environmental disaster/toxics exposure (with Phil Brown) (4) a theory project on the relationship between urban watersheds and urbanization. Albright is a member of the Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, the Hydraulic Fracturing working group, and the working group on Globalizing Cities/Regional Challenges. His research has been funded by the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and the MacArthur Foundation.
- Douglas Massey, Len Albright, Justin Steil, and Jacob Rugh. (2016). “Riding the Stagecoach to Hell: A Qualitative Analysis of Racial Discrimination in Mortgage Lending.” City and Community. Forthcoming.
- Rugh JS, L Albright, and DS Massey. (2015). “Race, Space, and Cumulative Disadvantage: A Case Study of the Subprime Lending Collapse.” Social Problems 62(2): 186-218.
- Wylie S, and L Albright. (2014). “Wellwatch: Reflections on Designing Digital Media for Multi-Sited Para-Ethnography.” Journal of Political Ecology 21(1): 321-348.
- Massey DS, Albright L, Casciano R, Derickson ES, and Kinsey DN. (2013). Climbing Mount Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb. Princeton University Press.
- Len Albright, Elizabeth Derickson, and Douglas Massey. (2013) “Do Affordable Housing Projects Harm Suburban Communities? Crime, Property Values, and Taxes in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.” City and Community 12(2): 89:122.
Awards and Honors
- (2014) Robert Park Book Award, American Sociological Association, Section on Urban and Community Sociology
- (2013) Paul Davidoff Book Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning
- Subsidized Housing for Teachers: An Assessment of Trends.
- Green Building in Climate Action Plans: The Role of Commercial Real Estate Developers (with Erin Hoffer).
- Steil, Justin, Len Albright, Jacob S. Rugh, and Douglas S. Massey. “Durable Inequality and Mechanisms of Mortgage Discrimination.”
- Race, Class, and Mobility: Imagined Futures in Suburban Low-Income Housing.
- (2001-Present) American Sociological Association