Len Albright, Jr.

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Public Policy
Member, Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute
Ph.D., University of Chicago
Phone: 617-373-6849
Office: 525 Holmes Hall
Email: l.albright@neu.edu
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Areas of Research/Interest

  • Urban Sociology
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Housing Policy
  • Social Theory: Nature and Urbanization

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 Ph.D. 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 US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development and the MacArthur Foundation.

Selected Publications-Books

Climbing Mt. Laurel: The Struggle for Affordable Housing and Social Mobility in an American Suburb. Douglas Massey, Len Albright, Rebecca Casciano, Elizabeth Derickson, and David Kinsey. Princeton University Press (2013).
*2014 Robert Park Book Award, Community and Urban Sociology Section, American Sociological Association.
*2013 Paul Davidoff Book Award, Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Selected Publications-Articles

Jacob S Rugh, Len Albright, Douglas S Massey. “Cumulative Disadvantage in the Subprime Mortgage Collapse: A Case Study of Baltimore, Maryland.” Social Problems (May 2015).

Sara Wylie and Len Albright. ”WellWatch: Reflections on designing digital media for multi-sited para-ethnography.” In “Energy, environment, engagement: encounters with hydraulic fracking,” Special section of the Journal of Political Ecology 21: 320-348 (2014).

Len Albright, Elizabeth Derickson, and Douglas Massey. “Do Affordable Housing Projects Harm Suburban Communities? Crime, Property Values, and Taxes in Mount Laurel, New Jersey.” City and Community (June 2013).

Current Projects

With Jacob Rugh and Douglas Massey, “The Layering and Cost of Cumulative Disadvantage in the Subprime Mortgage Collapse: A Case Study of Baltimore, Maryland.”

With Sara Wylie, Networking digital tools and multi-sited ethnography in the study of the natural gas industry.

A book manuscript exploring the experiences of residents of subsidized housing in the suburbs.

A book manuscript on the relationship between urban and natural processes, with a focus on urban watersheds.

In the News

Boom in Immigration Fuels State Population Rise. The Boston Globe. 4/08/2013

Program teaches working poor ways to save, build credit. The Boston Globe. 11/29/2012