Richard O’Bryant

Assistant Professor of Political Science
Science and Technology Policy and politics, Urban
and Regional studies and Politics, Urban and
Community Technology, and Community – Based Research.
Ph.D. MIT

Office: 377 Meserve Hall
Telephone: (617) 373-4397
Fax: (617) 373-5311 (fax)
obryant@neu.edu

Richard O’Bryant is an assistant professor of political science at Northeastern University
and a senior research fellow at the Center for Urban and Regional Policy. His courses
include Science, Technology and Public Policy, Urban Policies and Politics, Current
Issues in Cities and Suburbs and Economic Institutions and Analysis. His recent publications
include Low-Income Communities: Technological Strategies for Nurturing Community,
Empowerment and Self-Sufficiency at a Low-Income Housing Development, a monograph
published in 2005 in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation?s National Forum on Multidisciplinary
Perspectives on Higher Education for the Public Good, and a review of Media Access: Social
and Psychological Dimensions of a New Technology Use, published in February 2005 in the
New Media and Society Journal. His current research interests are information technology
and civic, social, and political participation.

Professor O’Bryant served as co-principal investigator of the Camfield Estates/MIT Project,
funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, that included making wireless connectivity available
to residents of Camfield Estates, located in Roxbury, Massachusetts. His professional experience
also includes serving as a senior software engineer at Digital Equipment Corporation (now HP-Compaq).
He was one of five recipients of the 2002-2003 National Rising Scholars Award to Advance Research
on Higher Education for the Public Good. He is a long-time member of the Concerned Black Men
of Massachusetts, a volunteer organization that works with young black males on positive
self-development. In 1997 and 1998 Richard served as fellow in MIT’s renowned Community
Fellows Program. He received his undergraduate degree in computer systems engineering from
Howard University and a Ph.D. in urban and regional studies from MIT in 2004.

  • Why Urban Studies?

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  • Contact Information

    School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs
    Northeastern University
    335 Holmes Hall
    Boston, MA 02115

    617.373.2891 (phone)
    617.373.4691 (fax)
    jo.fitzgerald@neu.edu